Friday, August 21, 2009

P-8A poseidon navy patrol aircraft

Second P-8A Poseidon for the United States Navy. Line 2814, Cn# 34396. Will flight test with registration N441BA.P-8's markings are a lot more visible than the E-6's.Then again, the E-6 is a "TACAMO" plane and the P-8 is a maritime patrol bird...less secrecy than an E-6.

B737 P-8A Poseidon

US Navy next long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, The P-8A is a derivative of boeing 737-800 and has the wings of a 737-900. The P-8A will carry the MK 54 Torpedo Anti-Submarine weapon

General Characteristics

Primary Function: Anti-Submarine and Anti-surface Warfare
Contractor: Boeing IDS
Date Deployed: First squadron is planned for 2013.
Propulsion: Two high-bypass CFM56 turbofan engines
Length: 129.5 feet (39.47 meters)
Height: 42.1 feet (12.83 meters).
Wingspan: 117.2 feet.
Weight: Maximum gross takeoff, 188,200 pounds
Airspeed: 490 knots.
Ceiling: 41,000 ft.
Range: 1,200 nautical miles radius with four hours on station.
Crew: Nine.
Armament: Torpedoes, cruise missiles, bombs, mines


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