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Scaled Composites Model 401

Single-Seat, Single-Engine Experimental Research Aircraft

Scaled Composites Model 401

Single-Seat, Single-Engine Experimental Research Aircraft

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OVERVIEW



Scaled Composites of Northrop Grumman is building two flyable aircraft for the Model 401 series.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 2017
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): Scaled Composites (Northrop Grumman) - USA
PRODUCTION: 0
OPERATORS: United States
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Scaled Composites Model 401 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW:
LENGTH: 37.99 feet (11.58 meters)
WIDTH: 37.99 feet (11.58 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 4,001 pounds (1,815 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 8,003 pounds (3,630 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-15D-5D turbofan engine developing 3,045 lb of thrust.
SPEED (MAX): 460 miles-per-hour (740 kilometers-per-hour; 400 knots)
CEILING: 30,003 feet (9,145 meters; 5.68 miles)




ARMAMENT



None.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Model 401 - Base Series Designation; two aircraft being completed.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Scaled Composites Model 401 Single-Seat, Single-Engine Experimental Research Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 1/11/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Scale Composites, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, is working on a new experimental flying platform designated as the "Model 401". At least two are known to have been produced to date (2017). The aircraft are intended for active in-flight data-collecting / research for an unnamed customer. A first-flight of one of the examples was recorded on October 11th, 2017 over Mojave.

The Model 401 design is driven by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-15D-5D turbofan engine developing 3,045 lb of thrust and the powerplant is buried within the aft section of the fuselage. The fuselage itself has an overall length of 38 feet with a wingspan of 38 feet. The product's listed service ceiling reaches 30,000 feet and empty weight is 4,000lb against a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 8,000lb.




The aircraft sees the sole pilot seated at front, aft of a short nosecone, under a lightly-framed canopy. The fuselage incorporates a dorsal-mounted intake, this just aft of the canopy. The tail unit consists of a "V-style" plane arrangement, the planes doubling rudders and stabilizers. The wing mainplanes are seated at midships and have uninterrupted leading edges with a saw-tooth-style trailing edge. The mainplanes are clipped at their tips. The aircraft accomplishes ground running through a conventional, retractable tricycle undercarriage.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 500mph
Lo: 250mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (460mph).

    Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
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Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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