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Textron AirLand Plans First Fly-In to Washington, DC; To Display in Conjunction with the Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition.

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Textron AirLand, LLC, a joint venture between Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) and AirLand Enterprises, LLC, will bring its Scorpion ISR/Strike jet to Washington, DC for the duration of the Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference from September 15 to 17. The aircraft will be displayed at Signature Flight Support Terminal, at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), approximately 10 miles from the conference center.

Scorpion's recent flight tests successfully expanded flight envelope to 43,000 feet and expanded the

Scorpion’s recent flight tests successfully expanded flight envelope to 43,000 feet and expanded the extension and operating envelope of the landing gear and flaps from 200 KCAS to 250 KCAS. (Photo: Business Wire)

This will be Scorpion’s first visit to the Nation’s Capital, and comes one year after its introduction at last year’s AFA Air & Space Conference. Scorpion team leaders will be on hand to discuss the affordability, performance and multi-mission versatility of the aircraft. The interactive exhibit will demonstrate the multi-mission flexibility of the Scorpion and feature a variety of multi-spectral sensor and high-definition video camera packages engineered for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Several wing-mounted mock munitions will be shown, representing a typical array of air-to-surface and air-to-air weapons preferred by the US and partner nations.

The aircraft is viewable by invitation only, in a closed facility not accessible to the general public. Requests for media tours and interviews should be directed to David Sylvestre at dsylvestre@textron.com or (401) 640-6719.

In addition to the aircraft exhibit, a Scorpion scale model will be displayed at the Textron AirLand booth during all hours of the Technology Exposition at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on the Potomac, in National Harbor, MD.

Scorpion Test Program Status Update

Scorpion has completed over 190 hours of flight time since the start of flight testing program on December 12, 2013. The objective of recent flights has been to gather data about the aircraft’s performance at various speeds, altitudes and climb rates, as well as to assess the Scorpion’s avionics, flight controls, environmental controls, hydraulics, braking and landing gear systems. Other testing has focused on the aircraft’s flying qualities across the full range of the Center of Gravity (CG) envelope, moving the CG from various forward and aft conditions. Recent flight tests successfully expanded flight envelope to FL430 (43,000 feet), and expanded the extension and operating envelope of the landing gear and flaps from 200 KCAS (knots calibrated air speed) to 250 KCAS.

Significant Milestones to date:

  • 190+ hours total flight time, across 98 flights
  • Envelope tested: Flight Level 430 (43,000 ft.), 310 KCAS, 0.76 Mach
  • Maximum airspeed tested: 455 KTAS (knots true air speed)
  • Single-engine climbs
  • Stall speeds <90 KCAS (knots calibrated air speed)
  • Single engine shutdown and restart, in-flight
  • Demonstration of low-speed aircraft interception mission <120 KCAS
  • 38 flight hours completed during the Transatlantic and intra-UK flights this summer to attend the Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough International Air Show
  • Successful integration of L-3 Wescam MX-15HDi Electro Optical and Infrared sensor and Thales Visionix Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing System, which were operated during the National Guard’s recent disaster exercise “Vigilant Guard” (Kansas, August 4-6, 2014)

The Scorpion testing program remains on pace to complete 300-400 test hours this year, which will require about 150 flights. For a closer look at the Scorpion and its multi-mission capabilities, please visit www.ScorpionJet.com. Downloadable images and videos of recent test flights are available in the Scorpion Media Gallery.

About Textron

Textron is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

About Textron AirLand, LLC

Textron AirLand, LLC is a joint venture between Textron Inc. and AirLand Enterprises, LLC with the purpose of designing and manufacturing an affordable, capable jet platform based on commercially available technologies and processes for the tactical military jet aviation market. More information about our initial aircraft is available at www.ScorpionJet.com.

About AirLand Enterprises, LLC

AirLand Enterprises, LLC was formed by a group of experienced aerospace and defense executives dedicated to bringing an effective, low-cost, ISR/Strike jet to domestic and international military markets, replacing aging aircraft and complimenting high-end multi-role fighters.

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements which may project revenues or describe strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; these statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the efficacy of research and development investments to develop new products or unanticipated expenses in connection with the launching of significant new products or programs; the timing of our new product launches or certifications of our new aircraft products; our ability to keep pace with our competitors in the introduction of new products and upgrades with features and technologies desired by our customers; changes in foreign military funding priorities or budget constraints and determinations; changes in government regulations or policies on the export and import of military products; volatility in the global economy or changes in worldwide political conditions that adversely impact demand for our products; performance issues with key suppliers or subcontractors; and continued demand softness or volatility in the markets in which we do business.

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