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First P-8A Poseidon aircraft for Norway makes maiden flight

The patrol vessel moved to the installation and checkout facility at Seattle's Boeing Field

The first of the five Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft destined for Norway made its first flight last Monday August 9 taking off at 10:03 Pacific time, and flew for two hours and 24 minutes reaching a maximum altitude 41,000 feet during the transfer from Renton Municipal Airport, Washington, to Boeing Field in Seattle, USA. A first flight, emphasizes Boeing, which marks the next phase in the production cycle of this maritime patrol model, as it is transferred to the installation and checkout facility, where the mission systems will be installed and where further tests will be carried out before final delivery to the Norwegian Defense Material Agency (NDMA) later this year.

"The P-8 will help Norway improve its antisom and surface warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, its SAR missions and intelligence, as well as foster valuable regional collaboration and interoperability with countries of NATO", commented Christian Thomsen, Boeing's P-8 Europe program manager.

The five P-8As will replace the current Norwegian fleet of six P-3 Orion and three DA-20 Jet Falcon. The Royal Norwegian Air Force currently operates its P-3s from Andoya Air Station. With the introduction of the P-8As, flight operations will move to new facilities at Evenes Air Station.

The Boeing P-8A Poseidon, also known as MMA (Multimission Maritime Aircraft), is precisely an aircraft developed by the B-737 airframe thinking of a new maritime patrol vessel for the US Navy that could replace its glorious but now outdated Lockheed P-3 Orion.

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