Scorpion spotted in the Isle of Wight sky

By Ross Findon

Friday, July 18, 2014


Scorpion spotted in the Isle of Wight sky

The Scorpion jet in the skies over the Needles on a special flight over the Isle of Wight. Picture Courtesy of Textron Air Land.

EAGLE-eyed readers may have spotted the unusual sight of a new fighter jet soaring in the skies of the Isle of Wight earlier this month.

The Scorpion fighter jet, which has been on display at the Farnborough International Air Show, has been built by US firm Textron Air Land

Its appearance over the Isle of Wight, on July 8, was a special event to mark the jet's first transatlantic flight, according to spokesman David Sylvestre.

"The flight started in Wichita, Kansas and the Scorpion flew 4,600 miles in 15 flight hours to land at Edinburgh.

"From there it went to The Royal International Air Tattoo show in Fairford, and then on to the Farborough International Air Show.

"Yesterday, it began its flight back to the Kansas, following the same 4600 nautical mile route," he said.

See it in action, including over the Isle of Wight, in the video below:

Video used with permission of Textron Air Land.



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by carl palmer

19th July 2014, at 18:52:34

agree on recycled story although the islander who filmed this video did a great job at keeping up, I bet his arms ached when he landed lol

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by B Lane

18th July 2014, at 21:42:33

Hardly spotted was it, more like a story recycled from the BBC & the Farnborough air show

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by James McAdder

18th July 2014, at 15:44:56

Interesting concept. A fighter built from off-the-shelf components.

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