Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby petefletch on Mon 14 Jul 2014, 5:37 pm

Hi Guys,

Well where to start. As most of you are aware the Textron AirLand Scorpion has made its world debut this summer in the UK. When I was asked 3 months ago by a friend at Beechcraft if I was interested in photographing the Scorpion at Low Level along with a couple of Texans I of course told him I was washing my hair that day.................

Well after all the planning and help with finding a suitable location from a couple of good mates (Cheers chaps!) the day arrived on Wednesday 9th July. The Location was on Lake Vyrnwy, and these are the shots that I have processed thus far.

I make no apology for the amount of shots as it was such a cracking day. We did also have other trade that day, most notable some chaps from the 493rd FS dropped by, but those shots will have to wait for another thread.

I hope some of these appeal to your eyes.

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Well, if you have got this far I thank you for looking

Cheers

Pete
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby tankbuster81 on Mon 14 Jul 2014, 6:18 pm

Fantastic and a lovely location. i wonder what the 2 guys in the small boat made of it??
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby SteveUKAR on Mon 14 Jul 2014, 6:19 pm

Excellent photos and very interesting subjects - a great opportunity well taken.
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby Ledhead27 on Mon 14 Jul 2014, 6:28 pm

Smashing set of images
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby reheat module on Mon 14 Jul 2014, 7:12 pm

Cracking work, lovely images
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby Flankerman on Mon 14 Jul 2014, 7:19 pm

Fabulous images - they make mine from RIAT look a bit tame.....

One thing I have only just noticed - in my landing and taxying photos, there is no FLIR turret....

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..... but in the static, there was a FLIR turret - is it retractable ?? - or just a mockup ??

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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby Niallxg on Mon 14 Jul 2014, 9:23 pm

Super shots, Pete.

Ken, if you look closely at Pete's underside shot there appears to be a circle just aft of the nose so I guess the FLAIR is retractable.

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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby Niallxg on Mon 14 Jul 2014, 9:25 pm

Super shots, Pete.

Ken, if you look closely at Pete's underside shot there appears to be a circle just aft of the nose so I guess the FLAIR is retractable.

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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby sylvancatharsis on Tue 15 Jul 2014, 6:17 am

Outstanding images; the Scorpion sure is an awkward-looking contraption, but the T-6s look sweet low-level. #20 in particular is a peach!
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby tink_norfolk on Tue 15 Jul 2014, 6:19 am

Throwing a different aspect on the FLAIR question, at the end of the day on Saturday the Textron team were in the process of removing the mock up weapons fit & I thought that was 1 of the items that was removed. Will check my photo's when girls give me the chance, unless some one else more in the know beats me to it.
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby petefletch on Tue 15 Jul 2014, 6:56 am

Thanks very much for the kind comments. To answer the question, the FLIR is indeed a mock up and is removed before flight along with the weapons and pylons.

HTH, Cheers

Pete
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby umea4 on Tue 15 Jul 2014, 7:21 am

Superb pictures from an amazing photo opportunity. Thanks so much for posting these,

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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby Airwolfhound on Tue 15 Jul 2014, 8:57 am

Outstanding shots from an incredible experience :-)
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby Ewart on Tue 15 Jul 2014, 8:35 pm

A fantastic set of photos. Love those T-6's.

Great set, thanks fella.
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby Agg on Wed 23 Jul 2014, 12:52 pm

Really nice set! Well done :clap:
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby petefletch on Wed 23 Jul 2014, 9:40 pm

Thanks once again for the interest in these shots.

Much appreciated

Pete
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby timuss on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 8:03 pm

Cracking shots its a very strange looking jet, what's its intended market then?? And those T-6's are beauties :clap: :clap:
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby petefletch on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 8:26 pm

timuss wrote:Cracking shots its a very strange looking jet, what's its intended market then?? And those T-6's are beauties :clap: :clap:


Thanks very much. As I understand it the Scorpion is being marketed towards air arms and governments that can't afford to run several different types of aircraft for different roles. I understand that the Scorpion is a multi platform multi role aircraft, capable of CAS missions and anti insurgency roles as well as having a high loiter time with ISTAR capabilities.
Personally I can see small/new/upcoming airforces like the Afghan airforce being the type of customer that would potentially purchase this aircraft.

Cheers

Pete
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby timuss on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 9:32 pm

petefletch wrote:
timuss wrote:Cracking shots its a very strange looking jet, what's its intended market then?? And those T-6's are beauties :clap: :clap:


Thanks very much. As I understand it the Scorpion is being marketed towards air arms and governments that can't afford to run several different types of aircraft for different roles. I understand that the Scorpion is a multi platform multi role aircraft, capable of CAS missions and anti insurgency roles as well as having a high loiter time with ISTAR capabilities.
Personally I can see small/new/upcoming airforces like the Afghan airforce being the type of customer that would potentially purchase this aircraft.

Cheers

Pete


Ah Ok i see a jack of all trades as it were thanks :smile:
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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby Sietse on Sat 26 Jul 2014, 10:39 pm

Great shots. :clap:

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Re: Textron AirLand Scorpion & Beechraft Texans Low Level

Postby XP282 on Mon 28 Jul 2014, 6:10 pm

As much as I like the look of it (at some angles!), I would be very surprised if we ever see an air arm anywhere in the world buying the Scorpion.
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