Boeing C-32

The Boeing C-32 is a military passenger transportation version of the Boeing 757 for the United States Air Force. The C-32 provides transportation for United States leaders to locations around the world. The primary customers are the Vice President of the United States, using the distinctive call sign "Air Force Two", the First Lady, and occasionally members of the U.S. Cabinet and U.S. Congress. Presidents Barack ObamaGeorge W. Bush and Bill Clinton have at times flown on a C-32 as Air Force One in place of the larger VC-25A.

Role VIP transport
Manufacturer Boeing
Introduction June 1998
Status Operational
Primary user United States Air Force
Number built 6
Developed from Boeing 757

 

Design

Robert Gates and George H. W. Bush on a C-32
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and former President George H. W. Bush aboard a C-32 in 2007
President Obama and staffers aboard a C-32A in 2009 showing the second and third section.

The C-32 is a specially configured version of the Boeing 757-200 airliner. The C-32 body is identical to that of the Boeing 757-200, but has different interior furnishings and more sophisticated avionics. For the C-32A, 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.

The C-32 is more fuel efficient and has improved capabilities over its VC-137 predecessor. It can travel twice the distance on the same amount of fuel and operate on shorter runways down to 5,000 feet (1,500 m) in length. Its 92,000 pound (41,700 kg) fuel capacity allows the aircraft to travel 5,500 nautical miles (10,000 km) unrefueled. In-flight refueling is via a receptacle on top of the forward fuselage, just aft of the cockpit.

Heading the safety equipment list is the Traffic Collision Avoidance System and Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System. Weather systems are enhanced with a Predictive Windshear Warning System. Other items include the future air navigation system with Global Positioning System, Flight Management System/Electronic Flight Instrument System, Controller Pilot Data Link Communications and Automatic Dependent Surveillance.

Inside the C-32, 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 six C-32A aircraft have blended winglets added by Goodrich Aviation Technical Services in Everett, Washington.

The C-32 has better short-field capacity than the VC-25, making it preferable when flying to locations without a runway long enough to accommodate the VC-25.

Specifications (C-32A)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 16 flight crew (varies with mission)
  • Capacity: 45 passengers
  • Length: 155 ft, 3 in (47.32 m)
  • Wingspan: 124 ft, 8 in (37.99 m)
  • Height: 44 ft, 6 in (13.56 m)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 256,000 lb (116,100 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney PW2040 engines, 43,730 lbf (185 kN) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 605 mph (Mach 0.8) (968 km/h)
  • Range: 5,650 nautical miles unrefueled (11,100 km)
  • Service ceiling: 42,000 ft (14,000 m)

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