According to a Boeing press release, the second P8I Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft (MMA) has completed its first flight on 12th July. The aircraft (pictured here) took off from Renton Field, outside Seattle, Washington, at 3.29 p.m. and landed two hours and fourteen minutes later at Boeing Field in Seattle.
As visitors to this blog would know, the Poseidon is the latest long range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft that is being inducted simultaneously into the US and Indian Navies. Built on the Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 commercial platform, and equipped with the latest suite of maritime sensors and weapons, eight of these aircraft have been ordered by the Indian Navy. It is very likely that a follow-on order will be placed once the first eight are satisfactorily delivered and tried.
According to Boeing, the test flight was conducted by a Boeing team, which took the aircraft to an altitude of 41,000 feet and conducted airborne checks. Mission systems installation and checkout work on the aircraft will be conducted in the coming weeks.