Due to a row of trees it isn't possible to get a proper side on shot of this incredible flying boat. I picked this shot out for upload as I hope that you can get an impression from it of how huge and truly impressive this seaplane really is.
This extraordinary flying boat is apparently one of six built, no doubt inspired by the Japanese Shin Meiwa designs with a bit of Beriev thrown in too. First flew 1976 and entered service with the People's Liberation Army North Sea Fleet at Qingdao ten years later. Orbis DC-8 N220RB behind
After a holiday with friends in Japan, I took an overnight ferry from Shimonoseki to China, and was stunned to see this as the ship put into Qingdao. Only a few SH-5s appear to have been built for the People's Navy.