Fly with the VXS-1 Warlocks again in the handcrafted Mahogany RC-12M produced by Beechcraft. You’ll treasure the craftsmanship and quality of the model.
- 1/36th Scale (14.5″x18″)
- Made from Mahogany
- US Naval Aviator Veteran Owned Small Business
Scientific Development Squadron 1 (VXS-1) is a military support squadron of the United States Navy that carries out single-aircraft deployments worldwide to support a variety of airborne research projects for organizations such as the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. government, and its contracting agencies. The squadron’s mission is to conduct airborne scientific experimentation and advanced technology development in worldwide operations supporting U.S. Navy and national science and technology (S&T) priorities and war fighting goals. Its focus is on the maritime application of new and improved airborne data collection techniques, experimental equipment, and system demonstrations.
VXS-1 was formerly known as Flight Support Detachment and was established on December 13, 2004, according to an Office of the Chief of Naval Operations notice. It is based at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland and is responsible for the training, qualifications, and proficiency of all assigned personnel, as well as the maintenance of the research aircraft and detachment coordination. The squadron is made up of Navy officers, enlisted sailors, and government and private civilian personnel, and is responsible for the maintenance and security of three NP-3C Orion turboprop research aircraft, a Beechcraft RC-12M Guardrail aircraft, and various TigerShark unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In 2019, VXS-1 also acquired a UV-18 Twin Otter aircraft.
VXS-1 has carried out a number of missions over the years, including supporting the Antarctic Sea Ice Campaign in 2004, flying the “Rampant Lion I” survey in 2006 as part of an integrated remote sensing survey of Afghanistan, and conducting the “Rampant Lion II” survey in 2008 to support the warfighter and economic infrastructure development in Afghanistan.