New Boeing 737-C40 Project Rolls Out

Pictured Above: 836 adjusts heading en-route to base. The extended wing structure and new root to wing underside can be seen in this shot with additional wing decals and under-engine CFM56-7 SLST detailing.

General Information. With its superior performance and range, 21st century avionics and quiet, fuel-efficient engines, the C-40A  increases the Navy's capability for rapid response to meet the fleet's airlift requirements. The C-40A is certified to operate in an all-passenger configuration (121 passengers), an all-cargo variant or a "combi" configuration (supported in this release being the most interesting and visually pleasing) and can accommodate up to three cargo pallets and 70 passengers on the main deck.

Pictured Above: The huge door is able to be set at different 'open' stages. One is for standard loading. The other is for palette loading by fork lift that requires the door to sit back on its hinges or so its palette load can be dropped in from above.

The following Squadron versions are supported in the time-limited, BASE PACK release:-

Line MSN               Reg                               Rolled out            Name
496 29979 C-40A  165829 - US Navy (USN) 2000-12-23 VR58 City of Jacksonville
568 29980 C-40A  165830 - US Navy (USN) 2000-09-29 VR59 Spirit of New York City

For those looking to fly every single C40 variant, the complete Squadron Collection is supported in the accompanying, Squadron Package:-

Line MSN               Reg                               Rolled out            Name
496 29979 C-40A  165829 - US Navy (USN) 2000-12-23 VR58 City of Jacksonville
568 29980 C-40A  165830 - US Navy (USN) 2000-09-29 VR59 Spirit of New York City
651 30200 C-40A  165831 - US Navy (USN) 2000-11-02 VR59 City of Fort Worth
742 30781 C-40A  165832 - US Navy (USN) 2001-03-05 VR58 City of St Augustine
1069 32597 C-40A  165833 - US Navy (USN) 2002-02-25 VR59 Spirit of the Pentagon
1174 32598 C-40A  165834 - US Navy (USN) 2002-07-26 VR58 City of Orange Park
1548 33826 C-40A  165835 - US Navy (USN) 2004-08-26 VR59 City of Miami
1604 33836 C-40A Clipper 165836 - US Navy (USN) 2004-11-19 VR57 City of San Diego

Pictured Above: Different multiples of palette cargo loads can be chosen (as well as their individual weights. Even their positions in the fwd hold sections can be adjusted).

Primary Function: Fleet logistics support.
Date Deployed: 2000.
Propulsion: Two CFM56-7 SLST engines.
Length: (Nose to Tail) 110 feet 4 inches (33.63 meters).
Wingspan: 117 feet 5 inches (35.8 meters).
Height: (Tail Height) 41 feet 2 inches (12.55 meters).
Weight: Max. gross, take-off: 171,000 lbs (77,564 kg).
Airspeed: 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)
121 passengers or 40,000 lbs. (18,144 kg) of cargo.
Crew: Four (with optional logistics support and cabin support).
Prime Contractors: The Boeing Company & CFMI/GE Aircraft Engines.

Pictured Above: Called up using the EFIS panel and set up with varying degrees of complexity (depending on type of flight and conditions) the integrated and complex, VSD (Vertical Situation Display) can represent a distinct safety advantage to pilots flying in low visibility conditions where there are mountainous areas to navigate. (FMC planning operation also adds further tactical displays, types and content). Manual included.

History. Since 1997, the Navy ordered eight C-40As to begin replacing its aging fleet of 29 C-9B Skytrain aircraft used to transport cargo and passengers around the world. "Boeing and the U.S. Naval Reserve have a long history of working together and we look forward to supporting the Navy's future airlift needs," said Rich Reinheimer, Boeing C-40A program manager.

Pictured Above: The operation of the FWD Cargo Bay is carried out from on board the aircraft. All movements and operations are monitored from the galley area of the fwd section. This complex panel is explained in detail in the included manual as is its operation and limitations. 

Pictured Above: The FWD Communication and Navigation Panel  contains some of the most sophisticated TAC Strategic Communications in the world. Although operation of many of these items is top secret (and therefore not able to be included) standard TAC IFF Units are included and modeled as operational.

Deliveries. The first C-40A was delivered in April 2001 to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 59, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas. Delivery of the first four aircraft to VR-59 was planned for completion by August 2001. The squadron ceased operating C-9s on 1 October and began transition training. Although limited operations will begin shortly after delivery of the first aircraft, VR-59 will not be fully operational until April 2002. The fifth aircraft, scheduled for completion in June 2002, will go to VR-58, NAS Jacksonville, Fla., along with one of VR-59's Clippers. VRs 59 and 58 will operate three and two aircraft, respectively, until more are procured. Eventually, each squadron will have four C-40As. At that time, a third site will be selected to receive Clippers.

Pictured Above: The 'AFT Airstairs' function enables menu control of unique, C40 rear airstairs operation which extends and deploys totally different to the FWD, in-aircraft version. In addition, there is the option to call the standard airstair units FWD and AFT.

The first Boeing C-40A was delivered to the Naval Reserve in April 2001; the sixth in October 2002. The eighth aircraft will be delivered in early 2005. Three C-40 aircraft currently are based at Naval Air Station Carswell Joint Reserve Base, Ft. Worth, Tex., and three at Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

Pictured Above: CFM56 7 SLST units are higher gain, greater performing engines and have been  designed to handle the greater loads that the variants specified may require during operations.

The US Navy purchased eleven 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 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.

Pictured Above: Interior fitting includes multiple lighting settings, all-out-window viewpoints and selectable cabin locations all adding to a very complex and complete PAX area.

Facts. The U.S. Naval Reserve operates and maintains the aircraft and was the first customer for the newest member of the Boeing Next-Generation 737 family. The Clipper was ordered by the Navy to replace its fleet of aging C-9 Skytrains. The C-40A is the first new logistics aircraft in 17 years to join the Naval Reserve. Currently, the Naval Reserve provides 100 percent of the Navy's worldwide in-theater medium and heavy airlift.

Pictured Above: Movement of its huge cargo door and its FWD PAX entry area are all to scale timings and dependent on the setting of the complex FWD Panel Area.

Engines. The Clipper meets or exceeds international noise and environmental requirements with its modified but powerful, SLST Engines. 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.

Pictured Above: Flight Deck and Systems are Ariane Version 2.9 with enhanced, further advancements as advised to Ariane during the build and development stages leading to a much more complex FMS with added display sections and data.

Fleet Logistics Support. These squadrons operate Navy unique airlift aircraft on a worldwide basis to provide responsive, flexible, and rapidly deployable air logistics support required to sustain combat operations from the sea. During peacetime, squadrons provide air logistics support for all Navy commands as well as provide continuous quality training for mobilization readiness. Feet Logistics Support squadrons have no counterpart in the Regular Navy. They represent 100% of the Navyís medium and heavy intra-theater airlift, and operate year-round, around the world providing the critical link between deployed sea going units and air mobility command logistics hubs. VR-1 provides dedicated airlift support to the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations and Commandant of the Marine Corps. All VR squadrons are from the Navy Reserve.

Manufacturer. The 737-700C convertible aircraft is manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Renton, Washington before moving on to the company's Integrated Defense Systems facility in Wichita, Kansas where an FAA-certified kit is installed to provide the "combi" capability. The Naval Reserve provides line maintenance on the aircraft following delivery.

Pictured Above: Every engine will have its own, unique cover and its own squadron indentification markings when deployed on ramp overnight or during longer ramp storage.

Pictured Above: HUD Systems are modelled with the ability to adjust displays and configurations from on-board the flight deck as well as display brightness and type.

Pictured Above: Optional 'Call Airstairs' function enables menu command control of the rear airstairs as well as the front versions which are wheeled up to the aircraft when called.