Tue, Feb 16, 2010
Needed Step Before Flight Testing Later This Year
Boeing successfully completed stores (weapons) ground
vibration testing on P-8A Poseidon test aircraft T1 on February 5
in Seattle. The tests will provide data to validate predictions of
aircraft performance prior to flight testing at Naval Air Station
Patuxent River, MD, later this year.
During the month long series of tests, 18 different weapons
configurations were loaded onto the test aircraft. For each test
condition, external shakers induced vibration of the aircraft's
wings, stabilizer and stores to verify the stores' effect on the
P-8A's fuselage. The aircraft's response was measured with more
than 100 accelerometers and other external devices.
"T1 responded as predicted throughout the rigorous set of
tests," said Chuck Dabundo, Boeing vice president and P-8 program
manager. "This is a major milestone for the team and paves the way
for in-flight testing and verification of the P-8A's weapons
Photo Courtesy Boeing
The Boeing P-8 team completed a successful ground vibration test
of the full aircraft, minus weapons, in May 2009.
T1 is one of five test aircraft being assembled and tested as
part of the System Development and Demonstration contract Boeing
received in 2004. The U.S. Navy plans to purchase 117 P-8A
anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. Initial operational
capability is planned for 2013.
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