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World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China 85

stephendavion (2872091) writes "Chinese aircraft manufacturer China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA) has started trial production of its TA600 amphibious aircraft, claimed to be the world's largest of its kind. With an expected maiden flight late next year, the Chinese plane would replace Japan's ShinMaywa US-2 short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft as the largest of its kind globally." Take a look at a side profile illustration of the CA-600, on this Korean language page. The TA600 has a huge maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 tons, but looks a bit puny compared to Howard Hughes' H-4 Hercules.
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World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

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  • Not so big (Score:4, Insightful)

    by jamesl ( 106902 ) on Monday July 28, 2014 @11:45AM (#47550347)

    The Martin JRM Mars has more impressive specs ...

    General characteristics
    o Crew: four (with accommodations for a second relief crew)
    o Capacity: 133 troops, or 84 litter patients and 25 attendants
    o Payload: 32,000 lb (15,000 kg) of cargo, including up to seven jeeps
    o Length: 117 ft 3 in (35.74 m)
    o Wingspan: 200 ft 0 in (60.96 m)
    o Height: 38 ft 5 in (11.71 m)
    o Wing area: 3,686 ft (342.4 mÂ)
    o Empty weight: 75,573 lb (34,279 kg)
    o Loaded weight: 90,000 lb (40,820 kg)
    o Max. takeoff weight: 165,000 lb (74,800 kg)
    o Powerplant: 4 x Wright R-3350-24WA Duplex Cyclone 18-cylinder radial engines, 2,500 hp (1,900 kW) each

    o Maximum speed: 192 knots (221 mph, 356 km/h)
    o Cruise speed: 165 knots (190 mph, 305 km/h)
    o Range: 4,300 nautical miles (5,000 mi, 8,000 km)
    o Service ceiling: 14,600 ft (4,450 m) []

    Still at work. []

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