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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian15 May 2018 8:52 p.m. PST

…China developed the AG600 as part of a drive to modernize its military, amid a more muscular approach to territorial disputes in places like the South China Sea that has rattled nerves in the Asia-Pacific region and the United States…


Cacique Caribe Inactive Member15 May 2018 9:12 p.m. PST

So things might get a whole lot more interesting in 2022? Or is it going to sit pretty parked somewhere?

Funding a Manchurian candidate at the right time would make the building of that beast a lot less necessary, and probably cost less money.


princeman16 May 2018 6:03 a.m. PST

Does not look that large to me.

28mm Fanatik16 May 2018 7:30 a.m. PST

Speaking of large amphibious planes, I saw Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" once when it was at Long Beach harbor. Very impressive.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member16 May 2018 7:47 a.m. PST

Really? Wow, that must have been a beauty.


28mm Fanatik16 May 2018 8:25 a.m. PST

Yes. It was back in the '80s so my eyes were filled with child-like wonder.

I saw the "Queen Mary" much later and, impressive as she is, it wasn't quite as memorable.

emckinney16 May 2018 8:27 a.m. PST


Although I do think that amphibians have been underrated for long-range search & rescue. Yes, they can't land in rough seas, but their range and speed are so much greater than helicopters, they seem necessary for immense, but relatively low-population nations like Australia.

Ooh, ooh! Zeppelin helicopter carriers!

Mark Plant16 May 2018 8:28 a.m. PST

Seventeen fire-fighting aircraft. If that is sabre-rattling, imagine if they buy any planes with actual guns!

emckinney16 May 2018 8:28 a.m. PST

Despite living right by it, I never saw the Spruce Goose. Now live around the corner from where it was built. And around the corner from where masses of SBDs were built …

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