Indian Navy’s first P-8I to fly this month

The Indian Navy's first P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft is on the flightline at Renton and is expected to make its first flight later this month, on or about the 29th.

I t doesn’t seem long since Spirit AeroSystems started cutting the metal for the Indian Navy’s first Boeing P8-I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.

And now, courtesy of aviation photographer Andrew Sieber, we hear the metal sits, fully formed and painted, on the Boeing flightline at Renton, near Seattle.

We’ve also heard that the aircraft is expected to make its first flight later this month, on or about the 29th. Needless to say this is pretty cool. We wish Boeing was more forthcoming about this flight. So far they’ve said they can’t say. To make up for it, we expect some good pictures out of Renton.

Meanwhile, check out a video of the production of the P-8.

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Follow Saurabh Joshi on Twitter @ http://www.twitter.com/saurabhjoshi Saurabh is a journalist based in New Delhi, India who has worked in print, television as well as internet news media. Besides defense and strategy, his past assignments have included reporting from Kashmir, coverage of terror strikes as well as election coverage from all over India. He has a Bachelors degree in Journalism (Honors) as well as a law degree (LLB), both from the University of Delhi.
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