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C-21A

The C-21A, the military version of the Learjet 35A, provides cargo and passenger airlift and can transport litters during medical evacuations. The C-21A's turbofan engines are pod-mounted on the sides of the rear fuselage. The swept-back wings have hydraulically actuated, single-slotted flaps. The aircraft has a retractable tricycle landing gear, single steerable nose gear and multiple-disc hydraulic brakes. The C-21A can carry eight passengers and 42 cubic feet (1.26 cubic meters) of cargo. The fuel capacity of the C-21A is 931 gallons (3,537.8 liters) carried in wingtip tanks. The safety and operational capabilities of the C-21A are increased by the autopilot, color weather radar and tactical air navigation (TACAN) system, as well as HF, VHF and UHF radios.

Delivery of the C-21A fleet began in April 1984 and was completed in October 1985. Glasco, a subsidiary of Learjet, Inc., provides full contractor logistics support at 16 worldwide locations.

Specifications

Primary Function Passenger and cargo airlift.
Builder Learjet, Inc. (formerly Gates Learjet)
Power Plant Two Garrett TFE-731-2-2B turbofan engines.
Thrust 3,500 pounds (1,575 kilograms) each engine.
Length 48 feet, 7 inches (14.71 meters).
Height 12 feet, 3 inches (3.71 meters).
Maximum Takeoff Weight 18,300 pounds (8,235 kilograms).
Wingspan 39 feet, 6 inches (11.97 meters)
Range 2,306 miles (2,005 nautical miles).
Speed 530 mph (Mach 0.81, 461 knots, 848 kph)
Unit Cost $2.8 million.
Crew Two (pilot and co-pilot).
Date Deployed April 1984.
Inventory Active forces, 70; ANG, 4; Reserve, 0.

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