12.12.2013
FLUG REVUE

First Flight NewsTextron AirLand Scorpion

On 12 December 2013, Textron AirLand announced that the Scorpion completed its first flight at 10:30 AM Central Time.

Scorpion Erstflug 2013

Der leichte Kampfjet Scorpion hob am 12. Dezember 2013 um 9.05 Uhr auf der McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita zum Erstflug ab (Foto: Textron Air Land).  

 

“Today's first flight is a major milestone for the Scorpion as the program transitions into the flight test phase”

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.

About Textron
Textron is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

About Textron AirLand, LLC

Textron AirLand, LLC is a joint venture between Textron Inc. and AirLand Enterprises, LLC with the purpose of designing and manufacturing an affordable, capable jet platform based on commercially available technologies and processes for the tactical military jet aviation market. More information about our initial aircraft is available at www.ScorpionJet.com.

About AirLand Enterprises, LLC

AirLand Enterprises, LLC was formed by a group of experienced aerospace and defense executives dedicated to bringing an effective, low-cost, ISR/Strike jet to domestic and international military markets, replacing aging aircraft and complimenting high-end multi-role fighters.



Weitere interessante Inhalte
Neuer Militärtransporter Iljuschin Il-112W im Bau

02.12.2016 - Das Flugzeugwerk in Woronesch hat den Rumpf für die erste Il-112W zusammengebaut. Der Prototyp des neuen Militärtransporters soll Mitte 2017 zum Erstflug starten. … weiter

Schulungszentrum Erste japanische F-35 in Luke AFB

01.12.2016 - Wie andere ausländische Kunden bildet auch Japan seine F-35-Piloten in Luke AFB aus. Das erste Flugzeug ist nun beim 944 Fighter Wing eingetroffen. … weiter

Industrieverband mit neuem Präsidenten Klaus Richter wird neuer BDLI-Chef

01.12.2016 - Mit dem Jahresbeginn wird Dr. Klaus Richter neuer BDLI-Präsident. Richter ist Konzern-Leiter des Einkaufs bei der Airbus Group und Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung der Airbus Operations GmbH in … weiter

Pleiten, Pech und Pannen Top 10: Die spektakulärsten Flugzeuge, die nie flogen

01.12.2016 - Senkrechtstarter, Stealth-Jäger, Mach 3 schnelle Jäger: Die Luftfahrtgeschichte ist voll von interessanten, aber erfolglosen Flugzeugprojekten, die trotz fortgeschrittener Entwicklung nie aus eigener … weiter

Luke AFB F-35 trainiert mit F-16

30.11.2016 - Beim 56th Fighter Wing der US Air Force werden gemeinsame Übungseinsätze von Fighting Falcon und Lightning II geflogen. Ziel ist eine optimale Koordination der aus unterschiedlichen Generationen … weiter


  • Hersteller

    Lade...

  • Typ

    Bitte Hersteller auswählen!

FLUG REVUE 12/2016

FLUG REVUE
12/2016
07.11.2016

Abonnements
Digitalabo
E-Paper
Heft-Archiv
Einzelheft bestellen


- Neue Junkers F 13 fliegt
- Dreiteilung airberlin
- Flughafen Lyon
- Erprobung Pilatus PC-24
- Wonsan Air Festival
- Brennstoffzellen im Alltagstest
- Extra Raumfahrt

aerokurier iPad-App