Pilot undergoes low level flying training for the P-8A Poseidon (Picture: RAF).
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RAF Aircrew Begin Flying Training For P-8A Poseidon

The aircraft are expected to be based at RAF Lossiemouth from late 2020.

Pilot undergoes low level flying training for the P-8A Poseidon (Picture: RAF).

Pilot undergoes low-level flying training for the P-8A Poseidon (Picture: RAF).

RAF aircrew have entered the simulator and flying phase of their six-month course ahead of the P-8A Poseidon's arrival in late 2020.

The Boeing P-8A Poseidon will become the RAF's new maritime patrol aircraft, which will carry missiles able to destroy submarines.

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft is helping with the search (Picture: Royal Navy).
The P-8A Poseidon will become the RAF's new maritime patrol aircraft (Picture: US Navy).

Nine P-8A Poseidons will eventually operate from RAF Lossiemouth, which is undergoing a £132 million makeover ahead of the arrival of the aircraft.

Personnel from 120 Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth are being trained by a mix of US Navy and RAF P-8A 'seedcorn' one-way exchange instructors. 

The course includes being trained to fly at medium and low level over the sea, so mission crew can train in Anti-Submarine Warfare and Anti-Surface Warfare. 

The aircraft is being built in the United States (Picture: RAF).
The aircraft is being built in the United States (Picture: RAF).

Meanwhile, engineering personnel are also progressing through their course at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida.

The RAF says the production of the aircraft continues with the assembly of the aircraft beginning in February.

The aircraft's first flight is expected to happen this summer.