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New P-8A Delivery to NAS Jacksonville

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On 30 October, I checked my RadioBox logs via the Live Military Mode-S website to see what it had caught because I hadn’t been around the radios for a few days.  One of the first things I noticed was this from 29 October:

AE4EBD 168439 00000000 2013-10-29 22:37:16 P-8A United States Savannah GA, US 20000 

Given that there aren’t very many P-8As at NAS Jacksonville yet, I immediately noticed that 168439 wasn’t a Bureau Number I had seen before. The first thing that jumped into mind was that it was a new delivery aircraft.  Checking the history for the Hex Code, I noticed that it had been caught in the Boeing factory area (Mt. Hebo, OR and Vancouver, Canada Mode-S feeds) throughout October but the most interesting part of the history was this:

AE4EBD 168439 00000000 2013-10-29 22:37:16 P-8A United States Savannah GA, US 20000
AE4EBD 168439 00000000 2013-10-29 20:53:36 P-8A United States Baltimore MD, US 37000
AE4EBD 168439 00000000 2013-10-29 19:59:45 P-8A United States Grand Rapids MI, US
AE4EBD 168439 00000000 2013-10-29 15:50:25 P-8A United States Mt Hebo OR, US 23625
AE4EBD 168439 00000000 2013-10-29 15:44:54 P-8A United States Vancouver, Canada 11175

That definitely looks like a delivery flight from the factory to NAS Jacksonville even though there’s nothing to indicate to a landing at the air station.  A day later, a link to a Boeing news release “Boeing Delivers 12th Production P-8A Poseidon Aircraft to US Navy” was posted to the Milcom email group proving that 168439 was indeed a new delivery.  Along with the news release , they included a photo of the aircraft which confirmed it as 168439 (note 439 on the nose and tip of the tail).

SEATTLE, Oct. 30, 2013 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered the 12th production P-8A Poseidon on schedule on Oct. 25, enhancing the long-range maritime patrol capabilities of the U.S. Navy. The P-8A later departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where it joined the other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy crews. (Boeing photo)

SEATTLE, Oct. 30, 2013 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered the 12th production P-8A Poseidon on schedule on Oct. 25, enhancing the long-range maritime patrol capabilities of the U.S. Navy. The P-8A later departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where it joined the other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy crews. (Boeing photo)

I look forward to eventually catching 168439 on the radio and finding out which squadron it’s assigned to.  I’m guessing it might be assigned to VP-45 because they’re the squadron currently training up with VP-30 to transition to the P-8A (VP-16 and VP-5 have worked up and already have aircraft assigned)


1 Comment

  1. Ken Schmidt says:

    I was checking my logs and blank database entries and found AE4EBD, logged 10-29-2013 @18:36:37 hours over Mason City, Iowa. I would have to check back with the Puget Sound Boeing blog to find out all the other details, however from memory, I remember seeing a few in the process of being built.

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