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Boeing C-32A (757-2G4) 98-0001

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The C-32A provides safe, comfortable and reliable transportation for our nation's leaders to locations around the world. The primary customers are the vice president, using the distinctive call sign "Air Force Two," the first lady, and members of the Cabinet and Congress. The C-32 replaces the C-137 aircraft. Active-duty aircrews from the 1st Airlift Squadron, 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., fly the aircraft..


The C-32A is a specially configured version of the Boeing 757-200 commercial intercontinental airliner. The C-32A body is identical to that of the Boeing 757-200, but has different interior furnishings and 21st century 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.

Because the C-32A is a high-standing aircraft, it is easier to see under and around it -- an important security factor for protecting the plane and its passengers.

The C-32A is more fuel efficient and has improved capabilities over its C-137 predecessor. It can travel twice the distance on the same amount of fuel, and operate on shorter runways down to 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) in length. Its 92,000-pound (41,731 kilogram) fuel capacity allows the aircraft to travel 5,500 nautical miles unrefueled.

Heading the safety equipment list is the Traffic Collision Avoidance System that gives advance warning of possible air crashes. Other items include the future air navigation system with Global Positioning System and Flight Management System/Electronic Flight Instrument System.

Inside the C-32A, 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.


The C-32A is a military version of the Boeing 757-200 extended range aircraft, selected along with the C-37A to replace the aging fleet of C-137 aircraft. The contract was awarded for the C-32A 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-32A is the first military aircraft ever to be acquired in this manner. The 89th Airlift Wing acquired the first of four aircraft in late June 1998.

General Characteristics

Primary Function: High-priority personnel transport
Builder: Boeing Company
Power Plant: Two Pratt and Whitney 2040 engines
Thrust: 41,700 pounds static thrust each engine
Length: 155 feet, 3 inches (47.32 meters)
Height: 44 feet, 6 inches (11.02 meters)
Wingspan: 124 feet, 8 inches (37.99 meters)
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 255,000 pounds (115,668 kilograms)
Range: 5,500 nautical miles unrefueled range
Ceiling: 42,000 feet (12,727 meters)
Speed: 530 miles per hour (Mach 0.8)
Load: 45 passengers
Unit Cost: Unavailable
Crew: 16 (varies with mission)
Date Deployed: June 19, 1998
Inventory: Active force, 4; ANG: 0; Reserve: 0


Boeing built four 757-200s to replace the U.S. Air Force's aging fleet of four-engine Boeing VC-137 executive transports, which had been in service since the late 1950s. Designated C-32A, the modified airplanes carry the U.S. vice president, members of the U.S. Cabinet and Congress, and other government officials traveling on official business.

The first two C-32As entered operational service in June 1998; the final two entered service in early 1999. The C-32A fleet is based at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and operated by the 89th Airlift Wing.

The C-32A contracts include both aircraft acquisition and contractor logistic support and run through 2005.

A Model of Acquisition Reform

The C-32A program is considered a model of acquisition reform and is the first major acquisition program accomplished under the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act. The combined government-Boeing team received the Vice President's Hammer Award for significantly reinventing the way the government buys and supports airplanes. The process used to purchase the aircraft enabled the Air Force to have airplanes in operational service in less than two years.

The Air Force has purchased the C-32A much as any commercial airline customer would buy a 757. This new way of doing business has delivered significant cost savings for taxpayers and a number of benefits for both the Air Force and Boeing.

For example, the Air Force made extensive use of commercial practices in its contract negotiations, lease-purchase and eventual operational support of the four aircraft, thereby streamlining the acquisition process and reducing costs.

Also, a Boeing-United Airlines team will provide contractor logistic support including maintenance, on-site logistics and technical support for the C-32A fleet at Andrews Air Force Base. The team also will supply spares, perform aircraft and engine heavy maintenance and provide various other engineering services.

In an era of declining budgets and increasing demands for the greatest possible return on defense fund investments, the adaptation of commercial jet transports for military roles is increasingly important. By modifying and employing an existing, proven, commercial jetliner for such use, the Department of Defense gains the opportunity to rapidly meet its special air mission requirements while avoiding unnecessary development and logistics support costs.

Air Force Selects 757-200

The 757-200 selected by the Air Force enjoys an unmatched safety record and is the most efficient jetliner in the world in terms of operating cost per mile. The 757s delivered to the Air Force were certified to current FAA standards.

Safety features on the aircraft include a Flight Management System, or FMS, with integrated, non-precision approach capable Global Positioning Service, or GPS; wind shear warning integrated with the Ground Proximity Warning System, or GPWS; Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance Systems or TCAS; and the most capable flight data and voice recorders available.

The aircraft, a member of the popular 757/767 family of medium-sized airplanes, is a twin-engine, medium-to-long-range jetliner that incorporates advanced technology for exceptional fuel efficiency, low noise levels, increased passenger comfort and top operating performance. The aircraft seats 45 passengers and 16 crew members.

Its Pratt & Whitney engines are Stage III noise-compliant. High-bypass-ratio engines combined with an advanced wing design help make the 757 one of the quietest, most fuel-efficient jetliners in the world.

With the improved wing design, less engine power is required for takeoff and landing. Even with a full passenger payload, the 757 can operate from runways as short as those used by the much smaller 737-200 jetliner: about 5,500 feet for trips up to 2,000 statute miles. In addition, the 757 can reach a higher cruise altitude more quickly than many other jetliners. The demonstrated reliability of the 757 has gained its approval for extended-range twin (engine) operation, or ETOPS.

Designation of the airplane: C-32A "Air Force Two"
Type: Business jet to the transport of high-ranking politicians
Manufacturer: Boeing, Seattle, the USA
First flight 19. June 1998
Drive: 2 x Pratt Whitney PW2040
Thrust: 2 x 178.4 kN
Cruising speed: 955 km/h (Mach 0.80)
Service ceiling: 11,885 m
Take-off distance: 1,675 m
Fuel supply: 43,625 litres
Range: 7,315 km
maximum takeoff weight: 99,790 kg
Length: 47.3 m
Height: 13.6 m
Span: 38.0 m
Crew members: 16
Passenger capacity: 45
Production numbers: 4

Country of Origin:
United States of America
Primary Function:
Executive Transport
The Boeing Company Seattle, Washington
124 feet 10 inches
155 feet 3 inches
44 feet 6 inches
Wing Area:
1,951 square feet
Maximum Takeoff Weight:
No. Engines:
Engine Manufacturer:
Pratt & Whitney
Engine Designation:
PW2040 turbofan
Engine Power:
41,700-lbs st each
Cruising Speed:
Mach 0.80
Operational Ceiling:
Fixed Armament:
The first of four new USAF aircraft intended to carry high-level US government officials all over the world made its initial flight on Feb. 11. The Boeing C-32A, a slightly modified 757-200-took off from Renton MAP, Wash., and landed two hours later at Boeing Field in Seattle.

The C-32A is a version of the Boeing 757-200 airliner specially configured for use by the US vice president, members of the US cabinet and congress, and other government officials. It is replacing the USAF's aging fleet of four-engine Boeing VC-137s, which have been in service since the late 1950s. In the context of streamlined acquisition processes, the USAF has purchased the C-32A much as any commercial airline customer would buy a 757, to save cost. A contract was signed in August 1996 for the procurement of four aircraft. All were completed in 1998.

The VC-32A features the latest in communications equipment and is configured with a forward galley, a ten-seat crew seating at the front end, with business class chairs, a stateroom with divan that converts to a bed at night and a desk, a private lavatory and closet, a conference area with two fold-out tables and eight business class chairs, twelve and twenty seat compartments at the rear, and an aft galley.

C-32As will come equipped with Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance Systems. This will allow pilots to view conflicting traffic and take appropriate action, if required. The plane will also have an enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System to warn pilots of impending collision with terrain, standard windshear warnings; and the most current cockpit voice and data recorders.

Additional equipment on the C-32As will include Tacan military navigation equipment, a military Identification Friend/Foe transponder, a UHF satellite communications radio, secure voice and data transmission capability, and a passenger flight information display system that airs videos and broadcasts real-time global positioning on a moving world map.
Aerospace Source Book 2000
Aviation Week & Space Technology, 17 January 2000

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