C-32

C-32

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 BaseMaryland 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.

Specifications

Crew 2 + 1 jump seat + 13 mission crew
Capacity 45
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)
Gross weight  
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)
Combat radius  
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)
Thrust/weight  
Design load factor  

Operators

Related Armament

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