A version of this article appears in the August 25 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Amid China’s scattershot approach to advancing its aircraft industry, with many projects in a wide variety of categories, perhaps the most surprising product is the TA600, which should become the world’s largest amphibious aircraft when it flies next year. Engineers and factories are always keen for a project, but developing a 53.5-metric-ton (118,000-lb.) flying boat for ...

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