The aircraft had a nose-mounted turboprop and a tail-mounted turbofan. The turbofan was originally intended to be a standby emergency power unit that could also be used if extra thrust was needed for take-off. The prototype, designated Hustler , first flew on January 11 The Hustler was a low-wing cantilever monoplane with retractable tricycle landing gear, and a high-mounted tailplane.
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American Jet Industries Hustler. A major change was the redesign of the tail to a "T" tail configuration, and other changes include an increase of 52 inches in the wing span and installation of double-slotted Fowler flaps on the supercritical wing. Sixteen inches have also been added to the fuselage.