Poseidon takes flight

The P-8A Poseidon, a military derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, completed a three-and-a-half hour first flight over the weekend. I wanted to share a couple of the shots of this great looking airplane in the air.


The P-8A Poseidon takes off from Renton Field Saturday on its first flight.


The P-8A will serve in the U.S. Navy fleet as an anti-submarine warfare aircraft. It enters formal flight testing later this year.

Comments (3)


Any idea why the Navy ordered the P-8 sans winglets? The P-3 does a lot of long range flights to patrol areas, and I would expect the P-8 to do the same thing, and winglets would definitely cut down on the fuel burn.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

The P-8 looks great, it looks like a worthy successor to the P-3 Orion, though the P-8 will lose some of the loitering ability that the P-3 has, the extra space and extra speed that the P-8 has will certainly provide advantages that the venerable P-3 does not have.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):


It has raked wing tips like those on the 777-300ER and the 787. I think that would be to improve visibility with little or no loss in efficiency. It's a pretty cool plane.

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