Members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) traveled to Washington state to celebrate the rollout of their first P-8A Poseidon aircraft.
Joined by members of the RAAF, U.S. Navy guests and P-8 program leadership, Australia’s Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Davies accepted ceremonial keys to their inaugural P-8A from Shelley Lavender, Boeing Military Aircraft president at an event held at the Boeing Delivery Center in Tukwila, WA.
The P-8A Poseidon is a derivative of the 737 which undergoes final assembly of its wings, tail and military systems in Washington. The airplane is also tested and delivered by Boeing employees in the Evergreen State.
This particular P-8A Poseidon is the first of eight currently under contract for the RAAF. It will depart Tukwila in mid-October for Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida where ownership will be officially transferred to the RAAF. It is slated to arrive at its home base in Australia in November.
By Nanette Feeney