US Navy Fact File Logo

C-40A Clipper logistics aircraft

 
Description
737-700 convertible/combi: high-performance, flexible, and cost effective aircraft support.
 
Features
The C-40A Clipper provides critical logistics support to the Navy. It's flight deck features a flight management computer system with an integrated GPS. It is compatible with future GATM/FANS operating environment (RNP-1). It is RVSM capable. It has the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System II on board. It also has an enhanced ground proximity warning system, predictive wind shear, head-up display and TACAN/UHF/IFF functions.
 
Background
The U.S. Naval Reserve which operates and maintains the aircraft is the first customer for the newest member of the Boeing Next-Generation 737 family. The Clipper was ordered by the Navy to replace its fleet of aging C-9 Skytrains.

The C-40A is the first new logistics aircraft in 17 years to join the Naval Reserve. Currently, the Naval Reserve provides 100 percent of the Navy's worldwide in-theater medium and heavy airlift.

The Clipper meets or exceeds international noise and environmental requirements. It is also more fuel-efficient and offers increased range and payload capabilities. The 737-700C based aircraft is certified to operate in an all-passenger (121 passengers), all-cargo or combination ("combi") configuration that will accommodate up to three cargo pallets and 70 passengers on the main deck.

The Navy has purchased nine C-40A airplanes using a Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) strategy. The first aircraft was delivered in April 2001, to Logistics Support Squadron Fifty Nine (VR-59) at the Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. Since the first delivery, the Navy has accepted eight additional aircraft (two to VR-59 at NAS/JRB Forth Worth Texas, three to VR-58 at NAS Jacksonville Florida and three to VR-57 at NAS North Island California.

The C-40A aircraft is organically supported at the Organizational level. L3 Communications, Link Simulation and Training Division provides the Contractor Logistics Support and Depot Level maintenance. The L3 Team includes American Airlines and AAR.
 
Point Of Contact
Naval Air Systems Command
Public Affairs Department
47123 Buse Road, Unit IPT
Bldg. 2272, Suite 075
Patuxent River, MD 20670-5440
(301)757-1487
 
General Characteristics
Primary Function: Fleet logistics support.
Contractor: The Boeing Company, Seattle
Date Deployed: Operational 21 April 2001, VR-59 Ft. Worth, Texas
Propulsion: Two CFM56-7 SLST engines.
Length: 110 feet 4 inches (33.63 meters).
Height: 41 feet 2 inches (12.55 meters).
Wingspan: 117 feet 5 inches (35.8 meters).
Weight: Max. gross, take-off: 171,000 lbs (77,564 kg)
Taxi: 171,000 lbs (77,564 kg)
Landing: 134,000 lbs (60,781 kg)
Zero fuel: 126,000 lbs (57,153 kg).
Airspeed: Range: 0.78 to 0.82 Mach (585 to 615 mph, 940 to 990 kph).
Ceiling: 41,000 feet (12,497 meters).
Range: 3,142 nautical miles (3,452 statute miles) with 121 passengers or 40,000 lbs. (18,144 kg) of cargo.
Crew: Four.
 
Last Update: 17 February 2009
 
 
Image of C-40A