The second Boeing P-8I aircraft for the Indian Navy has completed its initial flight.
July 17: The second Boeing P-8I aircraft for the Indian Navy completed its initial flight on July 12, taking off from Boeing’s Renton Field at 1529hrs and landing two hours and 14 minutes later at Boeing Field in Seattle. The P-8I, a derivative of the Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 commercial airplane, is the second of eight long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft Boeing is building for India. “The programme is on plan and the Indian Navy is excited for the P-8I to join its fleet,” said Leland Wight, P-8I programme manager for Boeing.
During the flight, Boeing test pilots performed airborne systems checks and took the P-8I to a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet prior to landing. Boeing will begin mission systems installation and checkout work on the aircraft in the coming weeks.
For a full length feature on the Boeing P-8 see the August issue of AirForces Monthly, on sale now.