ST. LOUIS, Nov. 22, 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] on Saturday delivered the seventh C-40A Clipper -- a modified 737-700 "combi" airplane -- to the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Since 1997, the Navy has ordered eight C-40As to begin replacing its aging fleet of 29 C-9B Skytrain aircraft used to transport cargo and passengers around the world.
"Boeing and the U.S. Naval Reserve have a long history of working together and we look forward to supporting the Navy's future airlift needs," said Rich Reinheimer, Boeing C-40A program manager.
With its superior performance and range, 21st century avionics and quiet, fuel-efficient engines, the C-40A will increase the Navy's capability for rapid response to meet the fleet's airlift requirements. A military version of the 737, the world's most popular jetliner, the C-40A is certified to operate in an all-passenger configuration (121 passengers), an all-cargo variant or a "combi" configuration that will accommodate up to three cargo pallets and 70 passengers on the main deck.
The 737-700C convertible 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 Naval Reserve provides line maintenance on the aircraft following delivery.
The first Boeing C-40A was delivered to the Naval Reserve in April 2001; the sixth in October 2002. The eighth aircraft will be delivered in early 2005.
Three C-40 aircraft currently are based at Naval Air Station Carswell Joint Reserve Base, Ft. Worth, Tex., and three at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.
The C-40A program is part of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $27 billion business. It provides network-centric system solutions to its global military, government, and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense and Department of Homeland Security; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in launch services.