Navy orders 2 C-40A Clipper aircraft from Boeing
Boeing Co., Wichita, Kan., is being awarded a $145,000,000 firm-fixed-price
contract for the procurement of two C-40A Clipper aircraft for the U.S.
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.
A C-40 Clipper
assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 57 lands at Naval
Air Station North Island.
(Picture: US Navy)
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. 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.
There are currently 12 C-40A in inventory with a planned inventory of