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Norwegian P-8A Poseidon submarine hunter takes to the skies for first time

Norwegian poseidon P-8
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The first of five Boeing-built P-8A Poseidon aircraft of the Royal Norwegian Air Force performed its maiden flight on August 9 in Seattle.

The aircraft flew for 2 hours, 24 minutes, reaching a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet during the flight from Renton Municipal Airport to Boeing Field.

The first flight marks the next phase of the production cycle of this aircraft as it is moved to the installation and checkout facility, where mission systems will be installed and additional testing will take place before final delivery to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) later this year.

“This inaugural flight is an important milestone for Norway, and the Boeing team remains committed to delivering the P-8 fleet to the NDMA on schedule,” said Christian Thomsen, P-8 Europe program manager.

Norway revealed recently the five P-8A Poseidon aircraft would be named Vingtor, Viking, Ulabrand, Hugin and Munin. They will eventually replace Norway’s current fleet of six P-3 Orions and three DA-20 Jet Falcons.

The Royal Norwegian Air Force currently operates its P-3s from Andoya Air Station. With the introduction of the P-8s, flight operations will move to new facilities at Evenes Air Station.

To date, Boeing has delivered 136 P-8 aircraft to the US Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Indian Navy and the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force. Norway is one of eight nations that have selected the P-8A as their maritime patrol aircraft, along with the United States, India, Australia, the United Kingdom, Korea, New Zealand and Germany.