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New Textron AirLand Scorpion Jet Unveiled

September 16, 2013

Textron AirLand's Scorpion Jet is revealed at the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition.  Their proposal is for the Scorpion Jet to perform certain missions now handled by the F-16 at $25,000/hr for about 1/10 of that cost.   The pitch for this model, optimized for 5-hr. endurance with on-board intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) collectors and weapons, is to handle USAF's low-end missions such as U.S.-based interdiction, quick-reaction natural disaster support and air sovereignty patrols.

To learn more about the Scorpion Jet, use the links below the graphic to research and answer the following questions:

  1. Who made the original F-89 Scorpion and what was special about the AIR-2 Genie that it carried?
  2. Which American company, based in Wichita KS, could benefit from the project?
  3. Is it made of Aluminum?
  4. How many engines?   How much total thrust?  What type of fuel?
  5. What top speed is expected for this aircraft?

http://www.scorpionjet.com/

http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/AW_09_16_2013_p22-615375.xml

http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/log/2013/09/cessna-in-wichita-stands-to-benefit.html?page=1

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