First production P-8A begins final assembly

written by australianaviation.com.au | March 10, 2011
The first production P-8A airframe is lifted by crane into final assembly tooling.

Boeing has begun final assembly of the first US Navy P-8A Poseidon production aircraft at the company’s Renton factory in Washington.

The first of six low-rate initial production (LRIP) aircraft,  the start of final assembly follows Spirit AeroSystems’ delivery of the P-8A fuselage via rail car to Boeing on March 7.

“Our team has built seven P-8A test aircraft to date and the process improvements and efficiencies we’ve incorporated will continue to help reduce costs as the program moves forward,” Boeing vice president and P-8 program manager Chuck Dabundo said.

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