Textron AirLand engineering test pilot Dan Hinson couldn’t quit smiling Thursday afternoon.
Neither could others working on the Scorpion intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance strike aircraft under development at a Cessna facility in east Wichita.
Hinson, a former Navy pilot, and co-pilot David Sitz successfully flew the Scorpion for the first time on what was a beautiful Thursday morning.
“It was fantastic,” Hinson said after the flight. “It leapt off the ground.”