Boeing Presents the P-8, Successor to P-3

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  1. youngindian

    youngindian Senior Member Senior Member

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    30 Jul 2009

    Boeing and the U.S. Navy will officially roll out the Navy's next maritime patrol aircraft in a ceremony July 30 at Renton, Wash.

    Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead and Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire will speak at the event, which will feature the third flight test aircraft to be delivered.The first P-8A Poseidon II aircraft, known as T-1, made its first flight on April 27, while the second aircraft took to the air on June 5.

    The decision to hold the roll-out ceremony with the third aircraft was made because it "had the least impact on the program," said Boeing spokesman Chick Ramey.

    Overall, three flight test aircraft and two static ground test aircraft are being built by Boeing. T-1 will test the design's configuration, weights and airframe, but will carry no mission equipment. T-2 will be fitted with the plane's environmental system and some mission systems, while T-3 will be fully mission-capable.

    Formal flight testing of T-1 and T-2 will begin in about a month from Boeing Field south of Seattle. After completing tests for Boeing, T-1 will move next year to the Navy's aircraft test facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

    The first static test aircraft, S-1, began testing at Renton in May, Ramey said. Eventually the aircraft will be sent to the Navy's weapons facility at China Lake, Calif., for live-fire testing.

    S-2, the last test airframe, is still being built, and will begin fatigue testing next year.

    The Navy is purchasing 117 P-8As to replace its fleet of P-3Cs.

    Boeing Presents the P-8, Successor to P-3 - Defense News
  3. IBM

    IBM Regular Member

    Jul 21, 2009
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    Good news for India. We r getting 8 of these............:2guns::2guns::2guns::2guns:

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