The C-40A, a derivative of the 737-700C and manufactured by Boeing Information, Space, and Defense Systems, is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified, high performance, fixed wing aircraft that will accommodate 120 passengers, eight pallets of cargo, or a combination configuration consisting of 3 pallets and 70 passengers. It is powered by two CFM56-7 engines developed jointly by General Electric and SNECMA. The C-40A will have a state of the art flight deck, avionics that meet FAA safety mandates, and engines that are Stage III noise compliant and certified for over-water operations. The aircraft will have a range of 3,400 NM with 5,000 lbs. of cargo. The C-40A will be a one-for-one replacement for the aging C-9B/DC-9 aircraft currently flown by the Naval Reserves. The aircraft will provide long range, high priority logistical airlift in support of Fleet activities. A contract for two C-40As was signed in August 1997, with an option for a third. Delivery of the first aircraft is scheduled for December 2000. On July 30, 1999, Boeing Defense and Space Group was awarded a $43,700,000 modification to the previously awarded contract for the procurement of one C-40A aircraft, to be delivered by August 2001.
|Propulsion||Two CFM56-7 SLST engines|
|Length||110 Ft 4 in (33.63 meters)|
|Height||41 Ft 2 in (12.55 meters)|
|Wingspan||112 Ft 7 in (34.3 meters)|
|Weight||Max Gross, take-off: 171,000 Lbs
Landing: 134,000 Lbs
Empty: 126,000 Lbs
|Cruising Speed||0.78 to 0.82 Mach (585 to 615 mph)|
|Range||3,000 Nautical miles (with 40,000 Lbs of cargo)|
Sources and Resources
- United States Navy Factfile C-40A
- C-40 B/C - U.S. Air Force Link
- C-40A Clipper - Naval Historical Center
- C40-A Clipper Military Transport - Boeing Integrated Defense Systems
- U.S. Naval Reserve Gets First Look At Newest Class of Aircraft, U.S. Department of Defense, 07 September 2000 -- This Saturday, Sept. 9, the U.S. Naval Reserve will get the first look at its newest logistics aircraft: the Boeing 737-700C. Designated the C-40A "Clipper," the aircraft will be introduced at a ceremony at Boeing Field in Seattle.