Boeing Celebrates C-40A Delivery To Navy

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Friday, November 19, 2010

It's going to be anchors away for the C-40A as Boeing Wichita delivers the modified 737 to the United States Navy.

The C-40A has been modified for the U.S. Navy and is equipped with a main-deck cargo door and can be configured for troop transport, cargo transport or both. With a state-of-the-art flight deck; 21st century avionics; and quiet, clean, fuel-efficient engines, the C-40A increases the Navy's capability for rapid response to the fleet worldwide.

"The C-40A plays an important role in the Navy Unique Fleet Essential Airlift (NUFEA) fleet," said Vice Adm. Dirk Debbink, Chief of Navy Reserve. "These fuel-efficient, extremely flexible logistics-support aircraft are an integral part of every maritime mission, from humanitarian assistance to power projection. The bottom line is the ability of the C-40A to provide our nation important, Navy-unique airlift capability at a lower cost. We welcome this new aircraft into the fleet!"

A lot of Wichitans have a hand in building the plane. The work on the plane starts at Spirit Aerosystems where the entire fuselage is built. The fuselage is then shipped to Renton, Washington for final assembly, then flown back to Wichita for the modification work that is a specialty of Boeing Wichita.

"The C-40A plays an important role in the Navy Unique Fleet Essential Airlift (NUFEA) fleet," said Vice Adm. Dirk Debbink, Chief of Navy Reserve. "These fuel-efficient, extremely flexible logistics-support aircraft are an integral part of every maritime mission, from humanitarian assistance to power projection. The bottom line is the ability of the C-40A to provide our nation important, Navy-unique airlift capability at a lower cost. We welcome this new aircraft into the fleet!"

The Navy C-40As, which replace the service's fleet of C-9s, are based at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Joint Reserve Base (JRB) in Forth Worth, Texas, at NAS Jacksonville, Fla., and at NAS North Island in San Diego, Calif. The new aircraft will be immediately stationed at NAS JRB Fort Worth, where crews will provide transition training for crews at NAS Oceana, Va., a new C-40A location scheduled to open next year.

This is the 10th C-40 delivered to the Navy since 2001, but the first since 2006. Boeing brass say celebrating a delivery like this is particularly satisfying because of the current economic challenges.

"Things are tough. So to be able to celebrate and have a satisfied customer that's actually coming back for more, as you heard the admiral say," Wade added. "We have another plane here that we're modifying today and one more coming so we are excited."

Boeing is on contract to deliver two additional C-40As; one 737 is currently being modified at the Wichita facility, while the other is on the Boeing Commercial Airplanes production line in Renton, Wash.

"We're looking forward to continuing to enhance the Navy's fleet of C-40As with as many aircraft as are required to support this mission," said Wade. "The C-40A is a proven workhorse, whether it is delivering humanitarian aid to the scenes of natural disasters or military equipment to ships and troops on the ground."


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