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China build worlds largest seaplane

Old 25th Jul 2016, 13:02
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China build worlds largest seaplane

If its anything like the 2 Chinese quad bikes i bought, they want to keep a close eye on the gear box packing in, carb falling off, sprockets and chain unable to be aligned properly, apart from that it looked the part.

China unveils 'world's largest seaplane' - CNN.com
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 13:12
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The world's largest?
How about the Martin Mars?
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Hughes H-4 Hercules?
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Boeing Pelican?

http://www.boeing.com/news/frontiers...mber/i_pw.html
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Largest currently produced?
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That's a Shin Meiwa, isn't it? Did the Japanese license her out, or is this just a copy?
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The headline should have read, "China builds largest amphibious aircraft". The previous largest amphibian was the Martin PBM-5A Mariner. Yes there are larger "seaplanes" without wheel landing gear.
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That's a Shin Meiwa, isn't it? Did the Japanese license her out, or is this just a copy?
It's a Chin Meiwa now.
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Originally Posted by MrMachfivepointfive
That's a Shin Meiwa, isn't it? Did the Japanese license her out, or is this just a copy?

Not a SW license or otherwise. Similar, which is not a surprise- any 4 engine turbo prop amphib would likely look similar (high wing, t-tail, wheels in sponsons, etc.) but the AG-600 is a bit bigger than the Shin Meiwa, and a few other differences.


Now would not be surprised if the Chinese had good "notes" on the Shin Meiwa....


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Blah, blah, blah (reading comprehension error - never mind)

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Largest currently produced?
With only three currently in production it seems not so difficult.
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Call me old-fashioned, but in my day of dealing with such things, there was a slight difference between a 'seaplane' and a 'flying-boat'.

A 'seaplane' was a landplane that had been adapted for water-based work - i.e., fitted with floats (call it a float-plane, if you like).
A 'flying-boat' was an aircraft that hat been designed from the outset to use its floating and planing 'hull' for take-off and alighting.
Of course, an amphibian aircraft can be based on either of the above.

The Martin Mars, for example, is a flying-boat (or was, the last time I heard).
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A quick check shows the Hawaii Mars has a MGTOW that is 47,000 lbs heavier than the AG600.
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. The previous largest amphibian was the Martin PBM-5A Mariner.
Are we perhaps all forgetting the Beriev A40 Albatros?
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read it again.... :-)

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Originally Posted by Stanwell
Call me old-fashioned, but in my day of dealing with such things, there was a slight difference between a 'seaplane' and a 'flying-boat'.

A 'seaplane' was a landplane that had been adapted for water-based work - i.e., fitted with floats (call it a float-plane, if you like).
A 'flying-boat' was an aircraft that hat been designed from the outset to use its floating and planing 'hull' for take-off and alighting.
Of course, an amphibian aircraft can be based on either of the above.

The Martin Mars, for example, is a flying-boat (or was, the last time I heard).
Difference between Brit and US usage. In this case, the US usage seems preferable to me (Brit though I be) as making the distinctions clearer.
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What category does the Ekranoplan fit into?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8Nu94khHoo
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The Ekranoplan never really took off....
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Hopefully the maiden flight will go better than this one did: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016...rash.html?_r=0
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