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C-40A Clipper logistics aircraft

The C-40A, a derivative of the Boeing 737-700C commercial airliner, is the newest commercial derivative medium lift aircraft used for Navy Unique Fleet Essential Airlift missions that provide critical logistics support to fleet forces.
The C-40A is certified to operate in three configurations: an all-passenger configuration that can carry 121 passengers, an all-cargo configuration of eight cargo pallets, or a combination of three cargo pallets and 70 passengers. The C-40A has a state-of-the-art flight deck, avionics system and engines that are Stage III noise-compliant and certified for extended over-water operations. The C-40As which provide long-range, high-priority logistical airlift in support of fleet activities have begun replacing the aging fleet of C-9 aircraft flown by the Naval Air Reserve.
The Clipper was ordered by the Navy to replace its fleet of aging C-9 Skytrains.

The C-40A was one of the first new logistics aircraft 25 years ago to join the Naval Reserve. The Naval Reserve provided 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.
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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: 13 April 2017
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