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Textron is aiming for first flight of the Scorpion jet on Tuesday at Cessna's facility in Wichita, with a followup flight Thursday if all goes well, and weather permitting, DefenseNews.com reported Friday. The jet sports a two seat tandem cockpit and turns twin turbofan engines. It supports six hard points capable of holding anything from drop tanks to Hellfire missiles. For surveillance and reconnaissance missions, the design offers more than 80 cubic feed of internal space for electronic warfare and intelligence components. Textron hopes to eventually demonstrate that the aircraft can be operated for roughy $3,000 per hour and that it will prove to be a viable alternative for a wide range of missions and operators. The first flight is expected to last 90 minutes.
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