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China’s aircraft AG600 completes second flight

Updated: Jan 25,2018 2:37 PM     Xinhua

GUANGZHOU — China’s first domestic-built large amphibious aircraft, the AG600, completed its second trial flight in South China’s Guangdong province on Jan 24.

The aircraft AG600, code-named “Kunlong,” successfully finished all tests during the 73-minute flight on the morning of Jan 24, according to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. Ltd.

For the next step, researchers will continue to test and optimize the aircraft’s performances during trial flights.

The AG600 maiden flight was completed late December.

The 36.9-meter aircraft, powered by four domestically-built turboprop engines, has a range of 12 hours. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 tonnes and a maximum cruising speed of 500 kilometers per hour.