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New Zealand’s first P-8A aircraft arrives home

14th December 2022 - 11:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The Royal New Zealand Air Force has welcomed home its first P-8A Poseidon. (Photo: NZDF)

New Zealand's first new maritime patrol aircraft in more than five decades has arrived at its home base.

The first of four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) touched down at RNZAF Base Ohakea on 12 December.

NZ4801 completed the ferry flight via Honolulu and Fiji after Boeing formally handed it over to New Zealand at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on 7 December.

It was the 155th Poseidon to be delivered so far, to six global customers.

On the occasion, Sarah Minson, acting deputy secretary capability delivery at New Zealand’s MoD, said: ‘As a maritime nation, delivery of the P-8A will ensure New Zealand maintains a patrol and

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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