The Boeing C-32 is a military passenger transport of the United States Air Force, providing transportation for United States leaders to locations around the world. The primary users are the Vice President of the United States (using the distinctive call sign “Air Force Two”), the First Lady, and the Secretary of State. On rare occasions, other members of the U.S. Cabinet and Congressional leaders have been authorized to fly aboard the C-32 for various missions. The C-32, since its debut, has also served as Air Force One in place of the larger VC-25A to airports that cannot accommodate the Boeing 747-based “jumbo” jet.
Design and development
A contract was awarded in August 1996 for four aircraft supplemented by the smaller C-37A to replace the aging fleet of VC-137 aircraft. The first aircraft was delivered to the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland in late June 1998. The C-32 is a Boeing 757-200, a mid-size, narrow-body twin-engine jet airliner—that has been modified for government use, mainly a change to a 45-passenger interior and military avionics.
Two further second-hand Boeing 757s were acquired in 2010 for government use although it is not clear which agency they are operated by; they have been frequently associated with the Foreign Emergency Support Team of the U.S. State Department.
The additional two aircraft, designated C-32B, have been modified with aerial refueling equipment and extended range fuel cells giving them a 6,000 nmi (6,900 mi; 11,000 km) range.
The Trump administration has included $6 million in its 2018 federal budget proposal to study replacements for the C-32A.
|Crew||2 + 1 jump seat + 13 mission crew|
|Length||155 ft 3 in (47.32 m)|
|Wingspan||124 ft 10 in (38.05 m)|
|Heigh||44 ft 3 in (13.49 m)|
|Wing area||1924 sq ft (185.25 m2)|
|Empty weight||128,730 lb (58,391 kg)|
|Max take off weight||256,000 lb (116,120 kg)|
|Power plant (Dry thrust)||2 × Pratt & Whitney PW2000-40 turbofan engines, 40,100 lbf (178 kN) thrust each|
|Power plant (Thrust with afterburner)|
|Maximum speed (Sea level)|
|Maximum speed (High altitude)||M0.86 (605 mph, 974 km/h)|
|Ferry range||5,650 nmi (6,500 mi, 10,460 km)|
|Service ceiling||42,000 ft (13,000 m)|
|Rate of climb|
|Wing loading||127.88 lb/sq ft (624.4 kg/m2)|
|Design load factor|
- United States Air Force – 4 C-32 as command/executive transport.