Boeing P-8A Poseidon makes debut in Bold Alligator exercise

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  1. Over to you Minister, we'll have 6 please.


    P-8A makes debut in Bold Alligator exercise
    By Christopher P. Cavas - Staff writer
    Posted : Tuesday Feb 7, 2012 19:18:47 EST

    Swooping low over the aircraft carrier Enterprise, the Navy’s newest jet looks every bit a war craft, with little to belie its commercial airliner lineage or current test missions.

    The P-8A Poseidon maritime multi-mission aircraft apparently made its first appearance in an operational, fleet exercise Feb. 3 when it began flying sorties in support of Exercise Bold Alligator, the largest amphibious exercise in a decade, now taking place along the coasts of Virginia and North Carolina.

    The P-8A flew 20 missions in support of the Enterprise and its strike group, and another 14 sorties operating with the amphibious strike group and Marine expeditionary forces, according to U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.

    That’s a departure from the extensive P-8A flight test programs being flown by Air Test and Evaluation Squadrons 1 and 20 (VX-1 and VX-20) from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

    Sporting a spiffy sinking submarine logo on its tail, the VX-1 P-8A photographed from the Enterprise is known as “T-6,” the last of six test and evaluation aircraft delivered to the Navy by Boeing. It was accepted by the Navy and arrived at Pax River on Jan. 17, said LaToya Graddy, a spokesperson for Naval Air Systems Command.

    The aircraft also will be used in upcoming operational test exercises set to begin this summer, she added.

    The P-8 is under development by the Navy to replace the venerable, turbo-prop P-3 Orion.

    P-8A makes debut in Bold Alligator exercise - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times
  2. Does it?! It looks like a gay plane to my untrained eyes.
  3. Let's just buy 20. Straight of the production run, no ******* about. Give them to the Fleet Air Arm. Job's a good UN.
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  4. Your right. Flew on a BMI 737 last week. All the cabin crew were gay.
  5. how did you know that? Did their cocks taste of shit
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  6. Lets just leave the UN out of this.
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  7. There is no "un" in "this"
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  8. They all had bigger bomb bays than the Poseidon.
  9. Mav

    Mav Old-Salt

    What does it do?? :scratch
  10. Why do we need it. Nimrod must have another 50 years in it with a bit of TLC.
  11. It's a Squeezy Jet with a Navy paint job? No way they'll buy them when we have Airbus.
  12. Before or after the JCBs were driven over them?
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  13. We should have made our own version based on Concorde, they don't like it up 'em!
  14. Well, apparently your money was used by the Indians to buy about 12 of these things, with options for 12 more. ;P

  15. And care to name an AIRBUS MPA that…

    a. Exists outside of a PowerPoint presentation

    b. Uses the same mission systems suite as the now scrapped Nimrod MRA4?