Boeing delivers 150th Poseidon

Boeing has delivered the 150th production P-8 Poseidon multi-mission maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.

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US Navy P-8A Poseidon Bu No 170013 ‘013’ departs on delivery from Boeing Field on July 7, headed for Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, to join Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) ‘Pioneers’ Boeing

The US Navy P-8A, Bu No 170013 ‘013’ (construction number 66976/line number 9065, ex N689DS), left on delivery from Boeing Field, King County International Airport, Seattle, Washington, on July 7. It was flown to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, to join Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) ‘Pioneers.’ This was the 112th Poseidon to be delivered to the US Navy.

Addition deliveries have comprised 12 P-8As to the Royal Australian Air Force, 12 P-8Is to the Indian Navy, nine P-8As to the UK Royal Air Force and five P-8As to the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Six prototype test aircraft, not included in the totals, were also delivered to the US Navy in the initial stages of the programme. Boeing tested those aircraft during development to assess capabilities and performance. As development of system enhancements and new technology continues, Boeing says that the test aircraft perform a critical role in ensuring the company provides state-of-the-art capabilities to global P-8 customers.

Four have also been ordered by the Royal New Zealand Air Force, which will take delivery of its first aircraft later this year, while the Republic of Korea Navy has six on order for delivery from 2023 and the German Naval Air Arm has ordered five for delivery from 2024.

The current worldwide fleet has amassed more than 450,000 mishap-free flight hours. Stu Voboril, vice president and program manager, P-8 Programs, said: “There are now 150 P-8s around the world delivering confidence and an unmatched capability to our global customers. Our focus has been, and will be, on delivering the world’s best maritime patrol aircraft.”