P-8A Poseidon 'T-2' (Side #953 BuNo 167953)
shows off its new paint at Boeing's Renton, WA
Photo: Boeing / Jim Anderson
5/5/2009 - SEATTLE, WA -- The first painted P-8A
Poseidon aircraft rolls out of the paint hangar at
Boeing's Renton, Wash., facility, displaying its new
U.S. Navy livery. The aircraft, designated T-2, is the
third of five test aircraft being assembled and tested
as part of the System Development and Demonstration
contract that Boeing received in 2004.
The first test aircraft, T-1, which successfully
completed the program's first flight on April 25, will
be painted in the same gray paint scheme later this
summer. T-2 was painted in late April.
The Navy plans to purchase 108 P-8A anti-submarine
warfare aircraft to replace its fleet of P-3Cs.
Initial operational capability is planned for 2013.
The P-8A is built by a Boeing-led industry team that
includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman,
Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems and GE Aviation.
Source: Boeing Press Release