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Boeing P-8 Poseidon
On June 14, 2004 Boeing was awarded a $3.89 billion contract to develop the P-8 which is based on the 737-800.

The P-8A Poseidon is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations.

The P-8A is being developed  by a Boeing-led industry team that consists of CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, GE Aviation and Spirit AeroSystems.


The U.S. Navy plans to purchase 117 P-8As to replace its fleet of P-3C aircraft. The first test aircraft began formal flight testing in late 2009. Initial operational capability is slated for 2013.

Boeing P-8a Poseidon "sub-hunter" video

P8 Poseidon Replaces P3 Orion video

Boeing P-8A Poseidon first flight video

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Boeing P-8 Poseidon Home Page

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CFM International

Spirit AeroSystems

General Characteristics:
Two CFM56-7 engines providing 27,000 pounds thrust each Length: 129.5 feet (39.47 meters)
Wing Span:
123.6 feet (37.64 meters)
Height: 42.1 feet (12.83 meters)
Maximum Takeoff Gross Weight: 189,700 pounds (85,139 kilograms) Speed: 490 knots (564 mi/h, 789 km/h)
1,200+ nautical miles, with 4 hours on station (1,381 miles, 2,222 kilometers)
41,000 feet (12,496 meters)



P-8A T1 Poseidon arriving at Pax River 2010


This site and its entire contents have been compiled and built by Norman Bernicky (AT-2 VP-40 1978-1981) from his personal collection, submitted content and from websites.  Source references are listed when available.  This site is not endorsed or approved by the U.S. Navy. The contents are solely intended to preserve the history and memory of VP-40 and  NAS Moffett Field, California.