The Naval Reserve will take delivery of its newest logistics aircraft, the C-40A "Clipper," this Saturday, April 21, 2001, in a 1 p.m. CST ceremony at Naval Air Station / Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas.
The Clipper meets or exceeds international noise and environmental requirements that are a problem for the current fleet of Naval Reserve C-9 Skytrains, of which almost 25 percent are 30 years or older. The Clipper is also more fuel-efficient and offers increased range and payload capabilities.
"Our C-9s have been true workhorses, but the Clipper provides the Navy with a new breed of aircraft and environmental guidelines," says Rear Adm. John B. Totushek, commander of Naval Reserve Forces. "The Clipper will increase the Navy's capabilities to better serve commanders-in-chief across the globe."
The Navy is purchasing the airplanes using standard commercial practices, and has ordered six of the 737-700C models to replace its fleet of aging C-9 Skytrains. Four of the Clippers will be flown by the Fort Worth-based fleet logistics support squadron VR-59. Saturday's ceremony will welcome the first with three more arriving later in the year. The fifth and sixth aircraft ordered will be stationed in Jacksonville, Fla.
A media day is scheduled for Friday, April 20. For more information, contact the Naval Air Station / Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth Public Affairs Office at (817) 782-7815 or 7816, or Dina Weiss, Boeing, (206) 655-8052.
For media in the Washington D.C. area, some seats may be available on an aircraft flying from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., to Dallas on Saturday. Point of contact is Lt. Cmdr. Tim Boulay at (703) 601-1806.
Information on the C-40A is available on the Web at http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/factfile/aircraft/air-c40a.html .