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27 July 2020, 17:14

China-developed AG600 amphibious aircraft succeeds in maiden flight over sea

The AG600, codenamed Kunlong, flies over the sea off Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province. Photo: Xinhua
The AG600, codenamed Kunlong, flies over the sea off Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province. Photo: Xinhua

QINGDAO, 27 July (BelTA - Xinhua) - China's indigenously developed AG600 large amphibious aircraft succeeded in its maiden flight over sea on Sunday morning in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, its developer announced.

The aircraft took off from the sea off Qingdao at 10:18 a.m. and completed the test flight after flying for about 31 minutues, said state-owned plane-maker Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

The successful maiden flight from the sea is a major step forward in the development of this large amphibious aircraft following its maiden flight in 2017 and first takeoff from a water reservoir in 2018, said the AVIC.

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