Reuters: China completes world's largest amphibious aircraft: Xinhua
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft after seven years of work, which it plans to use to perform marine rescue missions and fight forest fires, the Xinhua news agency reported.
The AG600, which is about the size of a Boeing 737 and was developed by state aircraft maker Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), rolled off a production line in the southern city of Zhuhai on Saturday, Xinhua said quoting the firm.
AVIC deputy general manager, Geng Rugang, said the plane was "the latest breakthrough in China's aviation industry." A plan for the development and production of the AG600 received government approval in 2009.
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Update #1: World's largest amphibious aircraft comes off production line in China (CRIEnglish)
Update #2: China completes massive amphibious aircraft (Xinhua)
WNU Editor: Such a project was unthinkable only 20 years ago. Not the case anymore.