C-40A in flightThe 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 fifteen C-40As to date. The U.S. Naval Reserve operates and maintains the aircraft at four air bases:

  • NAS JRB Fort Worth VR-59
  • NAS Jacksonville VR-58
  • NAS North Island VR-57
  • NAS Oceana VR-56

The C-40A is a Boeing 737-700C 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 sets the standard in performance, low-cost operations, and reliability for the important fleet logistics support mission. With its superior range and performance, state-of-the-art flight deck, 21st century avionics, and quiet, clean, fuel-efficient engines, this 737-700 convertible/combi aircraft increases the US Navy’s capability for rapid response to the fleet worldwide.

C-40A Milestones:

  • First flight - April 14, 1999
  • First delivery - April 2001
  • Twelfth delivery – October 2011
  • Thirteenth delivery – (Scheduled) December 2014
  • Fourteenth delivery – (Scheduled) March 2015
  • Fifteenth delivery – (Scheduled) November 2016

The Seattle-based C-40A Program takes delivery of a 737-700C aircraft manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) in Renton, Wash., before moving on to the company's Boeing Defense Space & Security (BDS) facility in San Antonio, TX, where an FAA-certified modification 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 and product cards: United States Navy (PDF) and United States Marine Corp (PDF).

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