Northrop Grumman subsidiary Scaled Composites experimental aircraft, Scaled Composites 401 spotted At the Navy’s Top Flight Test Base according to The warzone
Stealthy Mystery Jet has flown from the company’s base in Mojave, California across the country to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.
Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. or NAS Pax River is the Navy’s premier aerospace test base.
The trip comes 18 months after the Scaled Composites 401 first flight.
— Scaled Composites (@ScaledC) October 13, 2017
One of two Model 401s in existence stopping off for gas in Bowling Green, Kentucky on its way to NAS Pax River. What a crazy plane to have shown up at your FBO!:
All you get! pic.twitter.com/Sdns6i5BYt
— Lucas Hughes ن (@_lrhughes) April 4, 2019
Scaled Composites Model 401, is an exotic, stealthy jet aircraft with a dorsal air inlet, trapezoidal “Lambda” wings, chined edges, and a big V-tail
The Model 401 features a cantilever low-wing, a single-seat enclosed pressurized cockpit under a bubble canopy, retractable tricycle landing gear and a single jet engine
The aircraft is made from composite material. It has a 38 ft span wing and a fuselage also of 38 ft in length. Empty weight is 4,000 lb and gross takeoff weight is 8,000 lb.
The engine used is a single Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5D powerplant, producing 3,045 lb of thrust.
The prototype has stealth aircraft characteristics and shaping. An air intake is aft of the cockpit, two narrow S-duct inlets preventing radar waves from reaching the engine fan blades.
V-tail configuration is like that of the YF-23. The prototype has a similar configuration to the General Atomics Avenger.