P-8A Poseidon Completes AAR Ground Test
The P-8A Poseidon Integrated Test Team (ITT) conducts air-to-air refueling (AAR) ground testing with the aircraft at a level pitch and flight pitch to simulate the various stages of AAR. The team successfully completed the seven-day event May 11 at a Boeing facility in Seattle.
In an effort to minimize schedule impact to the test aircraft, the ITT worked 12-hour shifts, 24 hours per day, loading more than 400,000 pounds of fuel onto the aircraft during the course of testing.
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The series of tests will mitigate risks associated with the in-flight AAR demonstration, which is slated for 2016. The P-8A will deploy with the AAR capability within the next two years and will use the flying boom, or Air Force style, method of refueling.
Source : Naval Air Systems Command - view original press release