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Scorpion jet gets once over from Air Force student test pilots

U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and Textron Aviation test pilots, instructors and support crew pose with the Scorpion and Beechcraft AT-6 in Wichita in late April.
U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and Textron Aviation test pilots, instructors and support crew pose with the Scorpion and Beechcraft AT-6 in Wichita in late April. Courtesy photo

Student pilots from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School were in Wichita last month to evaluate Textron AirLand’s Scorpion jet as well as the attack version of the Beechcraft T-6 trainer.

Textron AirLand said in a news release Thursday that five students and three instructors spent a week in Wichita in late April in classroom and cockpit ground training as well as preparatory and evaluation flights. Twelve demonstration flights were made in the Wichita-built Scorpion and seven in the AT-6.

The two-seat Scorpion jet was developed in Wichita two years ago, which also serves as the headquarters for Textron’s business jet and general aviation manufacturer, Textron Aviation. Textron officials have been heavily marketing the multi-mission jet around the world since last year but have yet to report orders for the aircraft.

The jet was designed as a tactical aircraft with the ability to operate in a number of roles, such as irregular warfare, border patrol, maritime surveillance, defense operations and as a military trainer.

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