The C-40A "Clipper" flies the Navy Unique Fleet Essential Airlift (NUFEA) mission, providing high-priority cargo and passenger airlift for the U.S. Navy fleet worldwide.
The Navy began replacing its aging fleet of 29 C-9B Skytrain aircraft in 1997 and has ordered nine C-40s to date. The U.S. Naval Reserve will operate and maintain the aircraft.
The C-40A is a Boeing 737-700 aircraft certified to operate in three configurations:
- all-passenger configuration (121 passengers)
- all-cargo configuration (up to eight pallets)
- combination, or "combi," configuration (up to three cargo pallets and 70 passengers).
The C-40A already is setting new standards in performance, low-cost operations and reliability. The 737-700 builds on strengths that have made the 737 the world's most successful commercial airliner. With its superior range and performance, 777-type flight deck, updated avionics and fuel-efficient engines, the 737-700 aircraft increases the Navy's capability to meet its rapid airlift requirements
- First flight - April 14, 1999
- First delivery - April 2001
- Eighth delivery - February 2005
The 737-700 aircraft is manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Renton, Wash., before moving on to the company's Integrated Defense Systems facility in Wichita, Kan., where an FAA-certified kit is installed to provide the "combi" capability.
The Navy's C-40A fleet takes full advantage of the 737 aircraft's lifetime support services, including its comprehensive field service and spares distribution network.
For more information, read the C-40A (PDF) overview.
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