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Scale Model of Experimental LightningStrike Aircraft Completes Successful Takeoff and Landing

Aurora Flight Sciences, an aviation and aeronautics research company, has released video showcasing the first successful takeoff and landing of a scale model of LightningStrike, an experimental plane, at a US military facility in Virginia on April 18.

According to an Aurora press release, the test aircraft weighs 325 pounds and is a 20 percent scale model of a larger plane that Aurora will build for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) over the next two years.

The final plane will be designed to carry thousands of pounds of cargo while maintaining a high-speed of 460 mph, The Verge reported. Credit: YouTube/Aurora Flight Sciences