Log in to use our free company, program and sector update tracker feature.
 

Front page

Scorpion jet on runway at McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas

Textron AirLand announces successful first flight of Scorpion ISR/Strike aircraft

Textron AirLand, LLC, a joint venture between Textron Inc. and AirLand Enterprises, LLC, today announced that the Scorpion Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)/Strike aircraft completed its first flight at 10:30 AM Central Time.

The aircraft took off from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas and conducted a range of handling maneuvers for approximately 1.4 hours of flight. Today's flight marks one of the fastest developments of a U.S.-built tactical jet, progressing from initial design to first flight in less than 24 months.

"Today's first flight is a major milestone for the Scorpion as the program transitions into the flight test phase," commented Textron CEO Scott Donnelly. “When the design phase began less than two years ago, we were confident that we would deliver a uniquely affordable, versatile tactical aircraft by taking advantage of commercial aviation technologies and best practices. Today's flight met all expectations, and keeps us on track towards certification and production,” he added.

Scorpion's first flight was crewed by pilot Dan Hinson, an engineering test pilot with over 5,000 flight hours in 79 different types of aircraft, and co-pilot David Sitz. “The flight was completed according to plan,” said Hinson. “Having flown many tactical aircraft throughout my 23-year career with the US Navy and with other aircraft manufacturers, I can say that the Scorpion compares very favorably to more costly aircraft currently used for low-threat missions. It showed impressive stability and responsiveness closely matching all of the predicted parameters for today's maneuvers – it's going to be a highly capable aircraft for the ISR and homeland security mission set.”

The Scorpion was announced in September 2013 as a demonstration aircraft designed to accommodate the budget constraints and shifting mission requirements of the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. partner nations. Powered by twin turbofan engines generating 8,000 lbs. of thrust, the Scorpion transitions easily between low speed and high-subsonic speed, as needed for diverse missions such as irregular warfare, border patrol, maritime surveillance, emergency relief, counter-narcotics and air defense operations.

The Scorpion has a cruising speed of up to 450 ktas (517 mph), with a ferry range of 2,400 nautical miles. The aircraft carries an internal payload of up to 3,000 lbs., as well as wing-mounted precision munitions.

Press release issued by Textron AirLand, LLC on December 13, 2013

 

 Contact details from our directory:
Textron AirLand, LLC Airframer

 

 Related aircraft programs:
Textron Airland Scorpion

Enhanced listings:


Airmo Inc. Pressure Technologies
Airmo manufactures systems and tools for hydrostatic testing, end forming, tube expansion, and high-pressure accessories to 60,000psi (4,137bar).

TenCate Advanced Composites
TenCate Advanced Composites is a leading provider of thermoset and thermoplastic prepregs to the aerospace industry.

Attwater Group
Attwater are manufacturers and machinists of thermoset, high pressure composite sheets to recognised international standards.

MW Industries, Inc
Design and manufacture springs, fasteners and related products for aerospace including: engine components, flight controls, propulsion, landing gear, interiors and avionics.

Oerlikon Balzers Coating AG
Oerlikon Balzers is one of the world’s leading suppliers of surface technologies

See our advertising tariff.

 

12
data pages remaining in monthly quota for non-subscribers

© Copyright of Airframer Limited, operated under licence by Stansted News Limited 2017. Terms & Conditions of reading.