What's on the Military Ramp?
I got this question the other day and thought I'd make a post out of it.
On the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems ramp, or better known as the military ramp, we have the following:
- N358BJ (cn 33542/1232) – Royal Australian Air Force 737-7ES
- N356BJ (cn 33962/1614) - Boeing 737-7ES AEW&C Peace Eagle for
Turkish Air Force
- N757A (cn 22212/1) – This is the very first 757-200 and is currently
used for F-22 flight research.
- 73-1674 (cn 21046/901) – USAF JE-3C. This is on loan from the USAF to Boeing IDS for electronics testing.
You may have noticed the absence of a few RAAF Wedgetails.
Well two of those, N359BJ and N378BC, left BFI on 9APR09 and 6NOV09,
respectively, and are currently in Australia. The only RAAF Wedgetail left at Boeing Field is the very first
AEW&C, N358BJ, which should be in Australia by the end of January 2010.
The very first P-8A, registered with the US Navy as 167951
(cn 34394/2599), is inside the Boeing Seattle 3-390 building at Boeing
Field. I have recorded this plane performing three test flights since the
airplanes first flight, which was on 25 April 2009. The callsign on these test
flights has been “SCORE 85” and is flown by US Navy pilots.
Airworthy P-8A number two and three, 167953 (cn
34396/2814) and 167954 (cn 34397/2931), respectively, are inside the 9-101
building, or better known as Boeing flight developmental centere across the street
from the Boeing military ramp. Both of these aircraft have not flown since their first flights. All three P-8A's currently at Boeing Field are due to transfer to NAS Patuxent River in Maryland for further flight testing with the US Navy in mid 2010.
And last, the very first
Republic of Korea Air Force AEW&C "Peace Eye", N735JS (cn 34700/2822), inside the 3-390 Building getting modifications installed. The second
RoKAF AEW&C, N341FS (cn 35327/3071), is in Georgetown, Delaware getting
fuel tanks installed. The first RoKAF AWE&C is due for delivery in 2011.