Single-Seat, Single-Engine Experimental Research Aircraft
Scaled Composites of Northrop Grumman is building two flyable aircraft for the Model 401 series.
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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.
[ 0 Units ] : Scaled Composites (Northrop Grumman) - USA
- X-Plane / Developmental
37.99 ft (11.58 m)
37.99 ft (11.58 m)
(Showcased structural dimension values pertain to the Scaled Composites Model 401 production model)
4,001 lb (1,815 kg)
8,003 lb (3,630 kg)
(Showcased weight values pertain to the Scaled Composites Model 401 production model)
1 x Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-15D-5D turbofan engine developing 3,045 lb of thrust.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the Scaled Composites Model 401 production model)
460 mph (740 kph; 400 kts)
30,003 feet (9,145 m; 5.68 miles)
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(Showcased armament details pertain to the Scaled Composites Model 401 production model)
Model 401 - Base Series Designation; two aircraft being completed.
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