40 Scorpion workers let go

Published On: Mar 03 2014 03:37:10 PM CST

Contract employees working on a military plane in Wichita have been let go, according to a Textron spokesman.

Work on the Scorpion plane came to an end for about 40 employees last week. David Sylvestre, Textron spokesman, said these were not lay offs or cutbacks.

"They were planned culminations of contracts as Scorpion moves from one project stage to next," Sylvestre said.

Most of the affected workers were engineers.

"The move was normal for an aircraft of this type," he said.

Scott Ernest, Cessna President and CEO, announced the new jet in September. The plane, designed in Wichita, made its first flight in December.