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US Navy to certify P-8 for in flight refueling

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posted on Feb, 19 2016 @ 08:39 PM
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A US Navy AVMI team is upgrading the instrumentation of the Edwards NKC-135 prior to starting certification of P-8A in flight refueling tests. The tests are supposed to start March 31st. The 412th Test Engineering Group was too busy to do the work, but is willing to do the certification. This will make the first time that the Navy has refueled behind a boom. The extra instrumentation will allow them to build a simulator for flight crews to be certified, after the aircraft is complete with the testing.


2/19/2016 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A U.S. Navy Aircraft Vehicle Modification and Instrumentation team is hard at work augmenting instrumentation to an Edwardsassigned KC-135 tanker.

The unusual arrangement started when the Navy PMA-290 program office approached the 412th Test Management Group about using the Edwards AFB-instrumented KC-135 to certify their P-8A Poseidon from Navy unit VX-20 at Patuxent River, Maryland, for aerial refueling.

The P-8A Poseidon is a long-range, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. It functions as a multi-mission aircraft used by the U.S. Navy for anti-submarine warfare and communications command control, and intelligence missions. It possesses an advance mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in future battle space, which is capable of broad area maritime and literal operations. It will also influence how the Navy's maritime patrol and reconnaissance forces train, operate and deploy.

www.edwards.af.mil...




posted on Feb, 19 2016 @ 08:54 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58
I thought this aircraft had a fairly formidable loiter time already......



posted on Feb, 19 2016 @ 09:09 PM
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a reply to: bandersnatch

It's about 4 hours at 1200 miles.



posted on Feb, 19 2016 @ 09:47 PM
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a reply to: bandersnatch

The more the merrier for those long Pacific runs.



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