Boeing C-40 Clipper

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C-40 Clipper
C-40A Clipper VR-59 041127-N-4518M-007 US Navy.jpg
A C-40 of squadron VR-59
Role Military transport aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Boeing
Introduction 21 April 2001
Status Active service
Primary users United States Navy
United States Air Force
Produced 2001-present
Number built 21[citation needed]
Unit cost
US$70 million[citation needed]
Developed from Boeing 737 Next Generation

The Boeing C-40 Clipper is a military version of the Boeing 737-700C airline transport. It is used by both the United States Navy and the United States Air Force. The Navy C-40A variant is named "Clipper", whereas the USAF C-40B/C variants are officially unnamed.

Design and development[edit]


The C-40A Clipper provides critical logistics support to the United States Navy. Its flight deck features a flight management computer system with an integrated GPS, and is compatible with future GATM/FANS operating environment (RNP-1).[citation needed] It is outfitted with the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System II, and is RVSM-capable. It also has an enhanced ground proximity warning system, predictive wind shear, head-up display and TACAN/UHF/IFF[clarification needed] functions.[citation needed]

A USN C-40A is loaded with cargo at Naval Air Station Jacksonville

The U.S. Navy Reserve was the first customer for the newest member of the Boeing 737-700C Next-Generation family.[1][2] The Clipper was ordered by the U.S. Navy to replace its fleet of aging C-9B Skytrain IIs. The C-40A is the first new logistics aircraft in 17 years to join the U.S. Navy Reserve. The Navy Reserve provides all of the Navy's medium and heavy airlift capabilities.[citation needed]

The Clipper meets or exceeds international noise and environmental requirements, which the fleet of Naval Reserve C-9s did not. It is also more fuel-efficient and offers increased range and payload capabilities. The Clipper is certified to operate in an all-passenger (121 passengers), all-cargo or combination ("combi") configuration that can accommodate up to three cargo pallets and 70 passengers on the main deck.[3]

The Navy purchased the airplanes using standard commercial practices, ordering six of the 737-700C models[when?]. The first two of four aircraft were delivered on 21 April 2001 to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Five Nine (VR-59) at the Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, with two more aircraft following before the end of the year. The fifth and sixth aircraft were delivered in August 2002 to VR-58 at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida. Further aircraft have been delivered to VR-57 at the Naval Air Station North Island, California. The C-40A provides superior fuel efficiency, range and payload.[4]


C-40 B/C of the 89th Airlift Wing.

The United States Air Force selected the C-40B, a military version of the 737-700 Boeing Business Jet, to replace the aging fleet of C-137 aircraft for U.S. combatant commanders. The Air Force awarded the medium lift contract in August 2000. The 89th Airlift Wing acquired its first C-40B aircraft in December 2002. Both units are based at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. The 15th Airlift Wing, Hickam AFB, Hawaii, acquired its C-40B for U.S. Pacific Command in February 2003. The 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany, acquired its C-40B for U.S. Air Forces in Europe in December 2004.[5]

The cabin area is equipped with a crew rest area, distinguished visitor compartment with sleep accommodations, two galleys and business class seating with worktables.[5]

The C-40B is designed to be an "office in the sky" for senior military and government leaders. The aircraft features two-way broadband data communications, including secure voice and data communication; elements include internet and network access, telephones, satellites, facsimile and copy machines. The C-40B also has a computer-based passenger data system.[5]


The C-40C is not equipped with the advanced communications capability of the C-40B. Unique to the C-40C is the capability to change its configuration to accommodate from 42 to 111 passengers.[5] The C-40C replaced three C-22s (a militarized Boeing 727) operated by the Air National Guard and National Guard Bureau to airlift personnel. The C-40C was the first military aircraft to be acquired in this manner. The 201st Airlift Squadron, District of Columbia Air National Guard acquired two C-40C aircraft in October 2002. The Air Force Reserve 932d Airlift Wing, Scott AFB, Illinois acquired three C-40C aircraft in 2007.[5]


A United States Navy C-40A from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 57, at NAS North Island
C-40A Clipper
United States Navy version of the Boeing 737-700 for high-priority cargo and passenger transport, fifteen built.[6]
United States Air Force version of the Boeing 737-700 based Boeing Business Jet modified as a special mission aircraft for commanders and government officials, four built.
United States Air Force version of the Boeing 737-700 based Boeing Business Jet, operational support and transport aircraft, seven built.


United States

Specifications (C-40A)[edit]

C-40A transporting palletized humanitarian cargo, 2005.

Data from[citation needed]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 6 (two pilots, one crew chief, one loadmaster and two second loadmasters)[note 1])
  • Capacity:
    • Passenger configuration: 121 passengers
    • Cargo configuration: 8 pallets of cargo
    • Combination configuration: 3 pallets of cargo, 70 passengers.
  • Payload: 40,000 lb (18,000 kg)
  • Length: 110 ft 4 in (33.63 m)
  • Wingspan: 112 ft 7 in (34.32 m)
  • Height: 41 ft 2 in (12.55 m)
  • Empty weight: 126,000 lb (57,150 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 134,000 lb (61,000 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 171,000 lb (78,000 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × CFM International CFM56-7B turbofans, 27,300 lbf (121 kN) each


  1. ^ only one second loadmaster required when carrying under 100 passengers. no second loadmasters are required when carrying only cargo.

See also[edit]

Related development

Related lists


  1. ^ "Boeing Delivers Ninth C-40A Aircraft to U. S. Navy". Boeing. 5 June 2006. Archived from the original on 23 October 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2007.
  2. ^ "Boeing: C-40 Clipper". Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  3. ^ "C-40A Product Card" (PDF). Boeing.
  4. ^ " Boeing Delivers Ninth C-40A Aircraft to U. S. Navy" Archived 25 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b c d e US Air Force. "C-40B/C Fact Sheet". Retrieved 4 June 2003.
  6. ^ "C-40A Overview". Archived from the original on 18 February 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Factsheets : 65 Airlift Squadron (PACAF)". Archived from the original on 17 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Factsheets : 76 Airlift Squadron (USAFE)". Archived from the original on 8 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Factsheets: 1 Airlift Squadron (AMC)". Archived from the original on 8 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 May 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-19.

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