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