Images have surfaced on Twitter which appear to show the RAF’s first Boeing P-8 Poseidon painted and undergoing preparations for its first flight.
The images, posted by Woodys Aeroimages on Twitter show the Poseidon MRA.1 in the low visibility grey the RAF has opted for alongside low visibility decals which have been applied.
The P-8A Poseidon is a development of the Boeing 737-800ERX originally designed to replace US Navy P-3 Orion’s in the maritime patrol role. The RAF placed their order for nine aircraft to replace their retired Nimrod aircraft through Foreign Military Sales on 11th July 2016.
As well as the US Navy and Royal Air Force the aircraft has also been ordered by New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Norway and in a modified version for the Indian Navy.
— Woodys Aeroimages (@AeroimagesChris) June 23, 2019
Nick Ashwell-Rice has worked in aviation and defence journalism since 2014 whilst also maintaining a career outside of the industry. He has been Editor-in-Chief at Talking Aero since its inception