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Sunday, 24 December 2017 - 14:31
World's largest amphibious plane in maiden flight
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The world's largest amphibious aircraft, China's AG600, has made a successful one-hour maiden flight.

The plane, roughly the size of a Boeing 747 but with four turboprop engines, lifted off from Zhuhai airport in the southern province of Guangdong.

The plane can carry 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours.

It has firefighting and marine rescue duties but also military applications, which could be put to use in the disputed South China Sea region.

The AG600, codenamed Kunlong, can reach the southernmost edge of China's territorial claims in the area.

State media describes the plane as "protector spirit of the sea, islands and reefs".

The AG600 or Kunlong in Zhuhai, 24 December

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