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First Scorpion flight should happen this week

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at 10:47 a.m.

Textron AirLand plans to fly the first prototype of the Scorpion, its military light attack jet, on Tuesday or Wednesday, a Textron spokesman said Monday.

Because of icing conditions on Monday, first flight has slid a bit, said David Sylvestre, a Textron spokesman.

The Scorpion prototype was designed from scratch and built at Cessna in Wichita, in secrecy, beginning in early 2012, company officials said in September.

Low-volume production is slated for 2015.

The Scorpion program is slightly ahead of schedule, he said.

The nearly all-composite plane borrows technology, but not the design, used in Cessna’s Citation business jets. It was built without government funds, and the company didn’t go through the usual procurement process in which the military issues specifications and companies compete for the project.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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