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C-32
A C-32 taking off
Role VIP transport
Manufacturer Boeing
Introduced June 1998
Status Operational
Primary user United States Air Force
Number built 4
Developed from Boeing 757

The Boeing C-32 is a military passenger transportation version of the Boeing 757 for the United States Air Force. The C-32 provides transportation for United States leaders to locations around the world. The primary customers are the Vice President of the United States, using the distinctive call sign "Air Force Two", the First Lady, and occasionally members of the U.S. Cabinet and U.S. Congress. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have at times flown on a C-32 as Air Force One in place of the larger VC-25A.

The C-32 has better short-field capacity than the VC-25, making it preferable when flying to locations without a runway long enough to accommodate the VC-25.

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Development

The C-32 is a military version of the Boeing 757-200 extended range aircraft, selected along with the C-37A to replace the aging fleet of VC-137 aircraft. Active-duty aircrews from the 1st Airlift Squadron, 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., fly the aircraft.

The contract was awarded for the C-32 in August 1996. By using commercial off-the-shelf acquisition practices, a new record has been set from contract award to aircraft delivery: less than two years. The C-32 is the first military aircraft ever acquired in this manner. The 89th Airlift Wing acquired the first of four aircraft in late June 1998.

The four C-32A aircraft are having Blended Winglets added by Goodrich Aviation Technical Services in Everett, Washington.

Design

The C-32 is a specially configured version of the Boeing 757-200 airliner. The C-32 body is identical to that of the Boeing 757-200, but has different interior furnishings and more sophisticated avionics. The passenger cabin is divided into four sections:

  • The forward area has a communications center, galley, lavatory and 10 business-class seats.
  • The second section is a fully enclosed stateroom for the use of the primary passenger. It includes a changing area, private lavatory, separate entertainment system, two first-class swivel seats and a convertible divan that seats three and folds out to a bed.
  • The third section contains the conference and staff facility with eight business-class seats.
  • The rear section of the cabin contains general seating with 32 business-class seats, galley, two lavatories and closets.

The C-32 is more fuel efficient and has improved capabilities over its VC-137 predecessor. It can travel twice the distance on the same amount of fuel and operate on shorter runways down to 5,000 feet (1,500 m) in length. Its 92,000 pound (41,700 kg) fuel capacity allows the aircraft to travel 5,500 nautical miles (10,000 km) unrefueled.

Heading the safety equipment list is the Traffic Collision Avoidance System and Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System. Weather systems are enhanced with a Predictive Windshear Warning System. Other items include the future air navigation system with Global Positioning System and Flight Management System/Electronic Flight Instrument System.

Inside the C-32, communications are paramount. The Vice President, heads of state and other decision-makers can conduct business anywhere around the world using improved telephones, satellites, television monitors, facsimiles and copy machines. The C-32 has state-of-the-art avionics equipment.

Operators

 United States

Specifications (C-32A)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 16 flight crew (varies with mission)
  • Capacity: 45 passengers
  • Length: 155 ft, 3 in (47.32 m)
  • Wingspan: 124 ft, 8 in (37.99 m)
  • Height: 44 ft, 6 in (11.02 m)
  • Max takeoff weight: 255,000 lb (115,700 kg)
  • Powerplant:Pratt & Whitney PW2040 engines, 41,700 lbf (184 kN) each

Performance

See also

Related development

Comparable aircraft

Related lists

References

  • The original version of this article was from the public domain source at Air Force Link

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