Boeing C-40B (737-7CP BBJ) Aircraft Data
Photo ID 133474 by Mario Boeren. USA Air Force Boeing C 40B 737 7CP BBJ, 02 0042
The Boeing C-40 is based on Boeing's next-generation 737-700C civil aircraft. The first flight of the aircraft took place in April 2000. The first of the C-40A aircraft entered service with the United States Naval Reserve Fleet Support Squadron in April 2001. The ninth was delivered in June 2006. The US Navy placed an order for two additional aircraft in December 2008, for delivery by February 2011. The first aircraft was delivered in November 2010 and second in January 2011. The USN has a requirement for up to 20 additional aircraft.


As the aircraft is based on a civil airliner design, it is suitable for deployment to civil airports or military air bases. It has an aluminium alloy fail-safe fuselage and wing structure and incorporates the strengthened wing design of the Boeing 737-800 and Boeing Business Jet (BBJ).

The undercarriage of the aircraft has been strengthened to accommodate the increased gross weight. The hydraulically retractable tricycle-type landing gear is fitted with Boeing shock absorbers and Honeywell or Goodrich brakes.

Flight deck

The two-crew flight deck of the Clipper retains the features of the glass cockpit installed in the commercial 737-700 aircraft with a Honeywell common display system and five flat panel liquid crystal display screens.

Systems include a dual flight management system and an integrated global positioning system.

C-40B Differences

The United States Air Force selected the C-40B, a military version of the 737-700 Boeing Business Jet, to replace the aging fleet of C-137 aircraft for U.S. combatant commanders. The Air Force awarded the medium lift contract in August 2000. The 89th Airlift Wing acquired its first C-40B aircraft in December 2002. Both units are based at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. The 15th Airlift Wing, Hickam AFB, Hawaii, acquired its C-40B for U.S. Pacific Command in February 2003. The 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany, acquired its C-40B for U.S. Air Forces in Europe in December 2004.

The C-40B is designed to be an "office in the sky" for senior military and government leaders. The aircraft features two-way broadband data communications, including secure voice and data communication; elements include internet and network access, telephones, satellites, facsimile and copy machines. The C-40B also has a computer-based passenger data system.

The cabin area is equipped with a crew rest area, distinguished visitor compartment with sleep accommodations, two galleys and business class seating with worktables.

The aircraft has two baggage holds under the floor of the main cabin with a total capacity of 28.4m³.

The aircraft has an air cycle environmental control system and digital cabin pressure control.


Two CFM International CFM56-7B24, each rated at over 27,000 pounds, are wing mounted. The engine nacelles are of fibre-reinforced plastic and graphite-Kevlar-glass-fibre composite construction.

The aircraft has a Honeywell 131-9B auxiliary power unit with engine air start capability.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 2000
  • Initial Service Date: April 2001
  • No. Built: 4
  • No. In Service: 4
  • No. of Hardpoints: 0
  • Crew: 6


2 × CFM International CFM56-7B turbofans, each at 121 kN




Length: 33.63 m.
Wing Span: 35.8 m.
Height: 12.55 m.
Empty Weight: 57,153 kg.
Max. Weight: 78,000 kg.
Max. Payload: 18,144 kg.


Max. Speed: 990 kph
Cruise Speed: 850 kph
Service Ceiling: 12,500 m.
Normal Range: 5,600 km
Max. Range: 7,200 km


United States Air Force

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