PATUXENT RIVER, Md. –
On May 19 the Tactical Airlift Program Office delivered the first of two C-40A aircraft to Marine Transport Squadron (VMR) 1, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 41, in Fort Worth, Texas.
“Delivery of this aircraft meets a critical Marine Corps requirement for organic long-range logistical airlift capability,” said Col. Steve Puckett, program manager. “These aircraft have been specially equipped for agile tasking and can be reconfigured on the spot to carry Marines, cargo or a combination of both.”
Acquired from the secondary market, both C-40A aircraft are uniquely configured for the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps version of the C-40A aircraft features a palletized seating design and a Federal Aviation Administration-approved “Combi” Soft Barrier allowing the aircraft to carry passengers and cargo together. The aircraft also features new engines, winglets, added power systems for electronic flight bags and the latest in LED lighting.
“This is a great accomplishment for our C-40 team,” said Jim Thompson, Fixed Wing/Operational Support Aircraft deputy program manager. “As with most aircraft acquisition efforts, there were challenges, but I am proud of the accomplishment of our small team. Their hard work, devotion and patience have contributed to, and permitted the delivery of, a critical asset to the Marines.”
The C-40A “Clipper,” a derivative of the Boeing 737-700C commercial airliner, has been used by the U.S. Navy since 2001. The Marine Corps C-40A aircraft replaced the venerable C-9B aircraft, which was retired in 2018 after 44 years of service. The second Marine C-40A aircraft is scheduled to deliver in early fall 2023.
From the Tactical Airlift Program Office.