Okay, after 17 of these earlier moments it might become a bit boring, but we just love the light on this 18th P-8A Poseidon that manufacturer Boeing delivered to the US Navy on 14 October 2014. So we wish to share it with you anyway.
Behold of the newest maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft in American naval service. Based on the 737-800 commercial airliner this anti-submarine, anti-surface, intelligence gathering and reconnaissance platform flew from Boeing Field in Seattle to Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida, the fifth of such delivery this year. At NAS Jacksonville the Navy crews of Patrol Squadron 5 (VP-5) are still training on the type, which is the successor of the Lockheed P-3 Orion.
VP-5, nicknamed Mad Foxes, replaced VP-16 “War Eagles” that completed 600 sorties and 3,500 flight hours while on deployment operating out of Kadena Airbase in Japan. The Mad Foxes are currently conducting operational missions internationally.
The P-8 is the result of co-operation between Boeing, CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.
© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on information provided by Boeing