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Textron To Showcase

Published: 14 Apr 2016   updated: 15 Apr 2016


One of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, US-based Textron Aviation, is returning to RAF Fairford to showcase a range of its current products with military or governmental applications in the Air Tattoo static park.

Notching up its third consecutive appearance is the Textron AirLand Scorpion, which made its world public debut at the 2014 show. This two-seat, twin-engined machine is a low-cost tactical aircraft, with the attack and ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) roles very much in mind. The Scorpion is marketed as being suitable for battlefield and homeland security tasks - for example, strike and ISR in lower-threat areas.

Already very popular on the global market is the T-6 Texan II turboprop trainer - recently selected for future Royal Air Force use as part of the Military Flying Training System programme - and its AT-6B Wolverine light attack derivative. The latter will be on show.

Completing the Textron Aviation line-up are special missions derivatives of two well-known commercial aircraft, the single-turboprop Cessna 208 Caravan utility aircraft and the Beechcraft King Air 350 twin. Both are suitable for ISR duties.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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