■ Family of Advanced Beyond-Line-of-Sight Terminals and
Presidential National Voice Conferencing (PNVC). Upgrades
include the replacement of the current obsolete MILSTAR terminals with Advanced Extremely High Frequency terminals and
adding the PNVC capability to the aircraft.
Fifteen of the Navy’s 16 E-6Bs are divided into two operational squadrons (VQ- 3 and VQ- 4) assigned to Strategic
Communications Wing One at Tinker; the 16th aircraft is used
as a test platform with VX- 20 at NAS Patuxent River, Md.
WINGSPAN: .................. 148. 3 feet
LENGTH:...................... 150. 3 feet
HEIGHT: ....................... 42. 4 feet
WEIGH T: .......................gross takeoff, 341,000 pounds
CEILING:........................ 42,000 feet; patrol altitude, 25,000-30,000 feet
RANGE:........................unrefueled, 8,700 nautical miles with 16 hours
POWER PLANT: ............. 4 CFM International F-108-CF- 100 (CFM56-2A- 2)
CREW: .......................... 3 pilots, 2 airborne communications officers,
2 flight engineers and 7-15 mission crew
CONTRACTORS:.........Boeing Co., ARINC, Rockwell Collins Inc.,
Lockheed Martin Corp., DRS, Northrop
BRIEFING: The C- 130 Hercules is a medium-sized transport
aircraft capable of intratheater and intertheater airlift operations. Its primary mission is to satisfy Navy Unique Fleet
Essential Airlift requirements worldwide to include response
to both training and deployed units. The C-130T provides
rapid logistic support to Navy operating forces and transportation of personnel or cargo. As a tactical transport, the C- 130
can carry 92 ground troops. Configured for cargo, the aircraft
can transport more than 42,000 pounds of weapons, equipment or other supplies. It also can be configured as a medical
evacuation platform capable of carrying 74 patients on stretchers and their attendants.
Other missions the Hercules aircraft can support include aerial
delivery of troops and cargo, unimproved landing zone operations,
and emergency evacuation of personnel and key equipment.
The Navy C- 130 inventory includes 20 C-130Ts, of which
19 are assigned to five Reserve fleet logistic squadrons. One C-
130T serves as the logistics support aircraft for the Navy’s
Flight Demonstration Team (Blue Angels). In addition, in
2014, five ex-Marine KC-130Ts were assigned to VR- 55. Three
Calif., support the Naval Test Range. (See the Marine Corps
Aircraft section for characteristics and description of Marine
CONTRACTOR: ...........Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
C-9B SKYTRAIN II
BRIEFING: The C-9B Skytrain was retired from Navy service in
2014, having been replaced by the C-40A. (See the Marine
Corps Aircraft section for a description.)
BRIEFING: The C-40A, a derivative of the Boeing 737-700C commercial airliner, is the newest commercial-derivative medium-lift
aircraft used for Navy unique fleet-essential airlift missions. The aircraft provide long-range, high-priority logistical airlift in support of
fleet activities. The C- 40 is certified to operate in three configurations: an all-passenger configuration that can carry 121 passengers,
an all-cargo configuration of eight cargo pallets, or a combination of
three cargo pallets and 70 passengers. The C-40A has a state-of-the-art flight deck, avionics system and engines that are Stage III noise-compliant and certified for extended over-water operations.
Twelve C-40As have been delivered since April 2001 and are
flown by Fleet Logistics Support Squadrons (VR) - 56, - 57, - 58 and
- 59. Three additional aircraft have been ordered. Two additional
aircraft are needed to fill the total Navy requirement of 17.
C-37A/B GULFSTREAM V/550
BRIEFING: The C- 37 is a Gulfstream Aerospace-manufactured
transport capable of all-weather, long-range, high-speed nonstop flights. C-37A Gulfstream V and C-37B Gulfstream 550 aircraft are low-wing, business jets powered by two turbofan
engines equipped with thrust reversers. The C- 37 aircraft transport and carry out special air missions for high-ranking government officials, Department of Defense officials and dignitaries.
The C-37A has a distinguished visitor compartment capable of
handling six passengers and a staff compartment capable of handling up to eight passengers. The C-37B has an executive compartment capable of accommodating four passengers.
The Navy procured four C-37A/B aircraft to replace the aging
VP-3A fleet that provided executive transport services with the first
being delivered to the Navy in July 2002. Three C-37Bs are operated by VR- 1, Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington,
Md. One C-37A operates out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,
Hawaii, in support of commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
CON TRACTOR: ...........Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
C- 20 GULFSTREAM III/IV
BRIEFING: The C-20D is a military version of the Gulfstream
III aircraft and the C-20G is a military version of the Gulfstream
IV aircraft manufactured by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. C- 20
aircraft are capable of all-weather, long-range, high-speed, nonstop transoceanic flights.