Wichita should build Textron AirLand’s Scorpion long term

Congratulations to those at Cessna Aircraft involved in the secretive development since early 2012 of Textron AirLand’s Scorpion, a light jet for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and attack. The prototype was unveiled in Maryland on Monday by parent company Textron, as Cessna president and CEO Scott Ernest revealed the project locally in a speech to the Rotary Club of Wichita. Testing and early production will be done in Wichita for the all-composite jet, which borrows the technology of the Citation business jets. Now, as Textron seeks customers, the state and local governments and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition need to do everything they can to keep Scorpion production in Wichita long term. Textron spokesman Dave Sylvestre said: “There isn’t an aircraft like it.” And there isn’t an aviation-manufacturing workforce better suited to build it than Wichita’s.