Boeing delivers final C-40A medium lift capability aircraft to US Navy

23 October 2019 (Last Updated October 23rd, 2019 11:09)

Boeing has delivered the 17th and final C-40A aircraft to the US Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) Tactical Airlift Program Office (PMA-207).

Boeing delivers final C-40A medium lift capability aircraft to US Navy
The Navy’s 17th C-40A aircraft leaves Boeing facility on its way to US Naval Reserve Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 57 in San Diego, California. Credit: Naval Air Systems Command.

Boeing has delivered the 17th and final C-40A aircraft to the US Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) Tactical Airlift Program Office (PMA-207).

The 16th C-40A aircraft was delivered to the navy in June this year.

In recent months, the US Navy added two aircraft and one squadron to the C-40 fleet. The service has completed its planned aircraft procurements.

The latest C-40A aircraft will be operated by the US Naval Reserve Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 57.

PMA-207 programme manager Captain Steve Nassau said: “The C-40 plays an important role in the Navy Unique Fleet Essential Airlift (NUFEA) fleet. These extremely flexible logistics support aircraft are an integral part of every type of maritime mission, from humanitarian assistance to long-range, high-priority deliveries.”

The navy established the sixth C-40 squadron last month.

Earlier this year, VR-51, based at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, received two C-40 aircraft.

Nicknamed the Windjammers, the VR-51 squadron is expected to become fully operational this month after receiving ‘safe-for-flight’ certification.

PMA-207 Medium-Lift deputy assistant programme manager for logistics (DAPML) Darwin Lazo said: “The safe-for-flight certification is an entire programme overview in which the government ensures that all contractor, aircrew, and government operating procedures are in place and functioning correctly.”

Based on the Boeing 737-700C, the C-40 is designed to transport passengers and cargo around the world.

The aircraft meets the medium-lift capability needs of the US Navy.