Perspective Chinese amphibian AG600 September 1, 2018 was first tested by gliding, according to Sina Military. The world’s largest seaplane in preparation for production is being tested at the reservoir on the Changhe River in Jingmen, Hubei Province. During the first checks on the water at speed the plane first departed from the coast, and then came back.
Gliding refers to such a mode of movement in water in which the object is held on its surface solely due to the high-speed pressure of the water. Tests by gliding for hydroplanes are similar to tests on a runway, only carried out on water to check the strength of the airframe and floats, as well as controllability.
Details of the past gliding tests are not disclosed. It is only known that they were recognized as successful. It is expected that the AG600 will perform a few more “runs” in the water, after which it will proceed to inspections by taking off and landing on the water surface.
The ground tests of the AG600, being developed since the second half of the 2000s, have been conducted since May 2017. The plane ran jogging along the runway of the Zhuhai airfield, and also took off and landed. Tests on the water will allow you to check the fuselage and float structures, as well as to test the seaplane in various modes, including takeoff from the water, landing and gliding.
The length of the Chinese amphibian is 37 meters, and its wingspan is 38.8 meters. The maximum take-off weight of the aircraft is 53.5 tons. A seaplane can fly to a distance of up to five thousand kilometers. The AG600 can carry up to 50 people and fly at speeds of up to 570 kilometers per hour.
AG600 able to be in the air for up to 12 hours. In the version designed for fire extinguishing, the new Chinese seaplane will be able to draw water from reservoirs in gliding mode at a speed of 0.6 tons per second. Currently, developers have already received orders for the supply of 17 seaplanes.
Formerly the Soviet A-40 Albatross was considered the largest seaplane. The aircraft had a length of 45.7 meters and a wingspan of 42.5 meters. The maximum take-off weight of a seaplane was 90 tons. He could reach speeds of up to 800 kilometers per hour and fly over a distance of up to five thousand kilometers. Two aircraft were built according to the project; the program was closed in 2012.