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Interesting choice of nomenclature, not nearly as photogenic as Ares though.
 

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Today we successfully executed the first flight of Model 401 Vehicle 2. As a proof of concept, rapid prototyping company it is very rare when we get to build more than one of the same type of aircraft.

We would like to give a huge shout-out to the team that made this all possible and to our test pilot, Brian Maisler, for a great first flight!
 

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Ares spent a lot of time at Pax in recent years, 401 is continuing that work.

Do you know what work it was doing? Are they using these like they used to use the TA-7's to simulate different weapons against the fleet?
 

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The Navy's TPS is at Pax River. I don't have any info; haven't been in that neck of the wood in ages, but I would guess that it is simply getting put through its paces by the student pilots. They frequently use odd or rare types. Not to strictly to gather data on the aircraft (which is already collected), but to let the pilots do demo fights, fly strict profiles for data collection, practice methodology for envelope expansion, write up their reports, document characteristics, etc. So aircraft with unique characteristics are often considered a plus. Sometimes it is older types, including various MiGs. Sometimes something new.

Obviously other things go on at Pax, so testing different systems and sensors or threat simulation isn't something I would rule out. But were I to guess, I'd say it is a participant in the qualitative evaluation program training.
 

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