The C-40C is an operational support and team travel aircraft that will significantly increase the Air Force Reserve's capability for rapid response to world-wide team travel and special air mission tasking.
Capabilities and Characteristics
The C-40C is based on the Boeing 737-700 Boeing Business Jet, and includes the following enhancements:
- Updated 21st century avionics
- 777-type flight deck with common-display system (includes liquid-crystal displays)
- CFM56-7 engines (built by CFM International)
- 27,300 pounds of thrust
- Higher cruise speed (0.78 to 0.82 Mach)
- Greater range
- Noise-reduction improvements (below Stage 3 levels)
- Greater fuel-efficiency and lower maintenance costs
- Delivery of first two aircraft: October 2002
- Delivery of third aircraft: August 2004
- Air Force orders three additional C-40Cs: Feb. 2005
Because the C-40C is based on the commercially successful 737, it shares a readily available supply of parts, the 737 network of comprehensive field services, and the 737 spares-distribution network. Consequently the C-40C will offer reduced maintenance costs.
For more information, read the C-40C Operational Support and Team Travel Aircraft (PDF) overview.