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RAF Poseidon - Not too long to wait?

Old 21st Jul 2019, 18:42
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Is this what you are referring to when you say "Roller Coaster Ride"?


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Old 24th Jul 2019, 15:23
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UK's first Poseidon MRA1 makes flight debut

Some good news! Article on Flight Global.

The UK’s first Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft made its flight debut on 12 July, with company test pilots completing a short transfer from the manufacturer’s Renton final assembly site to Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. Online flight tracking sites show that the debut sortie lasted 47min.

Following the installation of military-specific equipment, the adapted 737-800 (ZP801) in October will be transferred to the US Navy’s NAS Jacksonville site in Florida, where a first batch of Royal Air Force (RAF) aircrew and engineers have already received instruction.



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The RAF expects to declare initial operational capability with its new Poseidon MRA1 fleet during 2020, with its lead example to arrive in the UK “in early-spring”.



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“All nine aircraft will be delivered by November 2021, with full operational capability [to be] achieved in 2024,” the service says. The type will be home based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, although runway resurfacing work at the facility will require flights to be performed from nearby Kinloss during 2020.
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Old 29th Jul 2019, 11:16
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Further developments..

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/0...g-737-ngs.html
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Old 29th Jul 2019, 12:04
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Nice looking kite. Love the transgender pink and baby blue national markings with daffodil yellow door and exit surrounds...
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Old 29th Jul 2019, 19:25
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You see toned down national markings on a Royal Air Force aircraft, of the type common since the gloss white V-force and toned down tactical era, and you think "transgender pink?" Weird...
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Old 29th Jul 2019, 19:44
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Humour... One of those resources that is wasted on some.
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Old 29th Jul 2019, 20:23
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Anglian,

Possibly. But a strange choice of humour, given that the markings have been in use for many years now. Kiddie stuff.

Nice to see the aircraft progressing.
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 09:27
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Nice looking aircraft but I’m a bit puzzled by that picture


The USN P8’s have a noticeable ‘blister’ on the side of both engine nacelles, I believe this is to accommodate larger and / or additional electrical generators


Not apparent in the photo of the RAF aircraft
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 09:30
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crew have exercise bikes with generators fitted in the fuselage and will pedal while working..............
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 09:33
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generator blister is on the left side of both engines
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 09:42
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no winglets?
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 09:55
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Originally Posted by stilton View Post
Nice looking aircraft but I’m a bit puzzled by that picture


The USN P8’s have a noticeable ‘blister’ on the side of both engine nacelles, I believe this is to accommodate larger and / or additional electrical generators


Not apparent in the photo of the RAF aircraft
Might also be part of the military equipment to be installed, the plane is built in renton, then flown to seatle where the 'military' equipment is installed
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 10:19
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no winglets?
P-8 doesnt have winglets, but has racked-back wingtips instead. They both do the same job, but winglets would be prone to iceing at some of the non-airliner altitudes the P-8 operates at, and while the racked-back wingtips make the wingspan slightly longer compared to winglets, lack of space isn't an issue on the military airfields they operate from.
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 10:20
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Amazed the MOD hadn't bought the 737MAX version, you know where that would have got us.
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 10:25
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Thanks for your response.
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 11:00
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When it was decided that our VC10Ks should be repainted in 'John Major Grey' rather than hemp, ZA149, the first one to be repainted, looked awful with a wedgewood blue cheat line, including along the engine nacelles. The 'blue vein' as it became known.... The aircraft also had white lettering and 'they' were told to try again! So the blue vein and white lettering were changed to dark grey, which looked far better!

Presumably the grey paint was the result of there being far fewer of Pusser's war canoes to paint, so the MoD had sheds full of grey paint going cheap?
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 12:04
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Originally Posted by ftrplt View Post
generator blister is on the left side of both engines
Correct. The port engine cowling bulge can be seen below.



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Old 30th Jul 2019, 13:06
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Originally Posted by N707ZS View Post
Amazed the MOD hadn't bought the 737MAX version, you know where that would have got us.
Don't be so sure about that, yet. What size/area is the horizontal stab?

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Old 30th Jul 2019, 13:08
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Both USN and RAAF P-8A's have the door and emergency exits with dark grey not yellow????
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 13:35
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Originally Posted by melmothtw View Post
P-8 doesnt have winglets, but has racked-back wingtips instead. They both do the same job, but winglets would be prone to iceing at some of the non-airliner altitudes the P-8 operates at, and while the racked-back wingtips make the wingspan slightly longer compared to winglets, lack of space isn't an issue on the military airfields they operate from.
How are they Anti-iced?

And how do they load the weapon bays or have the legs been extended?
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