Delivery flight of the US Navy's 13th P-8A, bearing serial number 440 (Image © Boeing)

A lucky number? US Navy P-8A number 13

Delivery flight of the US Navy's 13th P-8A, bearing serial number 440 (Image © Boeing)
Delivery flight of the US Navy’s 13th P-8A, bearing serial number 440 (Image © Boeing)

The US Navy got its 13th Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime partrol aircraft on 4 December 2013, a week after the military service declared the first delivery of the type initially operational.

The aircraft with serial number 440 flew, like its dozen sisters, from Boeing Field in Seattle to Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida. The P-8A is based on the 737-800. The P-8A delivery is the last of the second low-rate initial production (LRIP) aircraft lot awarded in 2011. Boeing currently is building Lot 3 aircraft, the first of which will be delivered in 2014.

Overall, Boeing has received four LRIP contracts for a total of 37 aircraft. The Navy plans to purchase 117 of the versatile multi-mission aircraft to replace its P-3 fleet. P-8As provide anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

Boeing’s industry team includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.

Source: Boeing

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