Sunday, July 15, 2012

Second P-8I Neptune Maritime Aircraft makes maiden flight [Photograph] [UPDATED: 2012.07.17]

Photograph of the Indian Navy's second P-8I multi-role maritime aircraft being acquired from the Boeing Corporation.

As announced in the press release, the second of the 12 aircrafts heading the Indian Navy's way has been assembled & would commence flight testing soon.

This recent photograph was shot when it was brought out to the runway,

The second P-8I for the India Navy. Seen taxiing to the Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) ramp rather than the Military Flight Centre (MFC). Was later towed to the MFC a few hours later.

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Note the tail number of the aircraft [IN 321], as opposed to the first aircraft [IN 320]

An aerial view of the of the second aircraft, photographed sometime back

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Update [2012.07.17]:

The second aircraft has just been reported to have completed its maiden flight that lasted over two hours,

"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."


Photograph of the second aircraft taking off


The two completed P-8I aircrafts [IN 320 & IN 321] shot together



Related: P-8I Neptune Maritime Aircraft of the Indian Navy [Hi-Res images]