Navy P-8 Sub-Killer Plane Makes First Flight

Navy P-8 Sub-Killer Plane Makes First Flight. (visit the link to view a quick video)

The first production version of Boeing‘s first P-8A Poseidon took off and completed its first successful flight.

The plane flew June 21 from Renton Field, where it is assembled, to Boeing Field in Seattle, where mission systems will be installed. It is the first of six low-rate initial production aircraft for the Navy, part of a $1.6 billion contract awarded in January.

The Navy plans to buy 117 of the 737-based aircraft. The P-8 is designed to hunt and kill submarines as well as surface ships. On top of that, it is designed to replace the prop-driven P-3 and serve as one of the Navy‘s primary intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.

“This is the first P-8 that will go directly to the fleet in Jacksonville, Fla., so the aircraft’s first flight is an important milestone for the Boeing team and our Navy customer,” said Chuck Dabundo, Boeing vice president and P-8 program manager.

This plane should be delivered to the Navy next year. The Indian Navy plans to buy eight P-8I long-range aircraft for $2.1 billion.

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6 responses to “Navy P-8 Sub-Killer Plane Makes First Flight

  1. The P-8 landed at Tulsa Int. last week and gave the Spirit Aerospace employees a tour of aircraft. My son is one of those employees and said and said it was really a nice plane but my worry would be about waiting for those jets to spool up when at 200 ft. and something goes wrong.

  2. The first “production” version my foot This is still a test asset (T-5) because Boeing is so FAR behind its testing in Pax. Gee I sure hope they don’t screw the pooch like they did the Update IV.

  3. 1st LRIP A/C. Low Rate Initial Production

  4. Tom, they’ll NEVER be at 200′ in this crate unless they’re ditching.

  5. they will be doing asw like the air force did, from 10000 feet and above

  6. Well, that answers who wrote the specs on it. It certainly wasn’t anybody in the Navy. But at least the crews won’t have to worry about any 14 hours PLE’s, not with a 4 hour on-station time.