As we approached Renton for a quick look before heading north to Everett, my mind was already planning the shoot at the Boeing factory. What was the sun doing, cloud cover etc.
We were cleared to conduct photo ops on the eastern side of the airport which gave us a good angle to work with.
At first I noticed the 737 fuselages sitting outside, still on their train transports. I was told this was rare to see as they usually only come out at night.
After taking a few shots of the usual line up of 737’s, I noticed a P-8 in the distance. It was only as we got closer I realized my luck……the first Royal Australian Air Force P-8 Poseidon out in the open on the flight line!
This was an amazing catch for me and for just a brief moment I forgot all about Everett!
As much as I love the P-3C Orion, I am looking forward to the P-8 entering service with the Australian Air Force. I’ve included some specs below (from the Air Force website) for those who aren’t up to speed with its capabilities.
This aircraft is a serious piece of kit with the RAAF website also mentioning its 11 hard points “… five in the bomb bay, four under the wings and two under the fuselage and can carry over 22,000 pounds (10,000kg) of weapons. All the hard points have digital weapon interfaces. The aircraft has an extensive communications suite of over 10 separate radios and data links across the VHF, UHF, HF and SATCOM spectrums … and an advanced electronic support system that is a derivative of the system fitted to the EA-18G Growler”.
|Role||Maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and response|
|Crew||Pilot, co-pilot, mission specialists|
|Engine||Two CFM56-7 BE(27) engines each with 27000 lb thrust|
|Airframe||Length: 39.5 m, height: 12.8 m|
|Weight||85,820 kg (max)|
|Max Speed||907 km/h|
|Capacity||Sonobuoys, 11 weapons stations|
|Weapons||Self-Protection Measures, Lightweight Anti-Submarine Torpedo, AGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship Missiles|
Keep checking the website for my full article on my photo flight throughout Seattle.
Also a massive thank you to the team at Atomic Helicopters at Boeing Field for making the flight possible!