The Boeing C-40 Clipper is a military version of the Boeing 737-700C airline transport. It is used by both the United States Navy and the United States Air Force. The United States Air Force selected the C-40B to replace the aging fleet of C-137's. The C-40B is a military version of the 737-700 Boeing Business jet. The Air Force acquired the lift contract in August 2000. The 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany acquired its C-40B for USAFE in December 2004. There was a total of four built for the Air Force.

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 C-40B is intended to provide an "office in the sky" atmosphere for senior government officials and military combatant commanders. It is equipped with equipment and capabilities that support rapid response for critical global missions. These planes are equipped with Connexion by Boeing system to provide secure in-flight broadband connectivity. With this they now have the ability to have data/video transmit and receive capabilities. There is clear and secure voice and data communications. This gives the officials and commanders the opportunity to conduct business world wide.

General Characteristics

  • Primary Function: High-priority personnel transport
  • Prime Contractor: Boeing (airframe) and CFM International (engines)
  • Power Plant: Two GE CFM 56-7B27 turbofan engines
  • Thrust: 27,000 pounds static thrust each engine
  • Length: 110 feet, 4 inches (33.6 meters)
  • Height: 41 feet, 2 inches (12.5 meters)
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 171,000 pounds
  • Wingspan: 117 feet, 5 inches (35.8 meters)
  • Speed: 530 mph (Mach 0.8)
  • Ceiling: 41,000 feet (12,727 meters)
  • Fuel Capability: 60,000 lbs
  • Maximum Range: 4,500 to 5,000 nautical miles (based on payload) unrefueled range
  • Maximum Load: C-40B: 26 to 32 passengers; C-40C: 42 to 111 passengers
  • Crew: 10 (varies with model and mission)
  • Date Deployed: Feb. 28, 2003
  • Unit Cost: $70 million