Efficient Acquisition, Effective Aeroplane

Mark Ayton spoke with Capt Tony Rossi and Lt Cdr Will Nuse on board a P-8A Poseidon assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 at Pax River


P-8A Poseidon test aircraft BuNo 167954 during an air refuelling test sortie with KC-135R 61-0320, the tanker assigned to the 412th Test Wing based at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Naval Air Systems Command

Sitting on board a P-8A Poseidon multimission maritime aircraft affords an immediate appreciation of how different the aircraft is from its civilian sister, the Next Generation Boeing 737. Modifications included on a P-8A are made to enable the aircraft to conduct the US Navy’s maritime surveillance requirements. Every P-8A is in fact a hybrid comprising a 737-800 fuselage and a 737-900 wing.

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