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10/16/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Scaled Composites flies new aircraft

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Scaled Composites LLC (Mojave, CA, US) announced the rollout and first flight of its most recent project, experimental aircraft Model 401, on October 11.

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Scaled Composites LLC (Mojave, CA, US) announced the rollout and first flight of its most recent project, experimental aircraft Model 401, on October 11. Scaled worked with a proprietary customer to build two vehicles to demonstrate advanced, low-cost manufacturing techniques and to provide aircraft for research flight services to industry partners and the United States government.

The two aircraft were designed to be identical in outer mold line and performance, with each
aircraft powered by a single Pratt & Whitney JTD-15D-5D engine with 3,045 pounds of thrust. Each is capable of flying Mach 0.6 with a service ceiling of 30,000 feet, with a wingspan of 11.5m and length of 11.5m. They have an empty weight of 4,000 pounds and a
maximum take-off weight of 8,000 pounds with an endurance of up to three hours.

Aaron Cassebeer, Scaled project engineer says, “This is such an exciting time for us. Scaled is at the forefront of experimental aircraft development and I am fortunate enough to have a front row seat.” He went on to say, “Today was a great day for our test team. We
had a great flight and we are looking forward to the future test program.”

This successful first flight is the beginning of the flight test phase for vehicle number 1. The Scaled team plans to continue envelope expansion on the first aircraft as they move toward first flight of the second Model 401 vehicle.

Scaled Composites is a specialty aerospace and composites development company offering design, build, and test capabilities. Founded by Burt Rutan in 1982 and located in Mojave, CA, Scaled has averaged one first flight of a unique, new airplane per year. Its employees come from a diverse background of talents, experience, and interests. This unique
combination of individuals helps promote an innovative and creative atmosphere. Scaled offers the opportunity to pursue career and personal interests in a manner that can be found nowhere else by following one simple rule: have fun. Scaled Composites is a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (Falls Church, VA, US). www.scaled.com


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