Scorpion’s first flight is milestone for Textron’s tactical jet

Scorpion’s first flight is milestone for Textron’s tactical jet

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.”

The first prototype of the new Scorpion military jet comes in for a landing after its first-ever test flight on Thursday. The jet was developed by Textron AirLand, LLC, a joint venture between Textron Inc. and AirLand Enterprises. Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle
The first prototype of the new Scorpion military jet comes in for a landing after its first-ever test flight on Thursday. The jet was developed by Textron AirLand, LLC, a joint venture between Textron Inc. and AirLand Enterprises. Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle
I think this little jet has possibilities……….just my take on it. It is an interesting project to say the least. I would love to see it built in Wichita.
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