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 18
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. Two KC-130Rs, two
KC-130Ts, one KC-130J and one C-130T aircraft support test
activities at NAS Patuxent River, and three KC-130Ts at NAS
Point Mugu, Calif., support the Naval Test Range. (See the
Marine Corps Aircraft section for characteristics and description of Marine Corps KC-130s.)
CON TRACTOR: ...........Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
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
Fourteen C-40As have been delivered since April 2001 and
are flown by Fleet Logistics Support Squadrons (VRs) 56, 57, 58
and 59. One additional aircraft has been ordered. Two additional aircraft are needed to fill the total Navy/Marine Corps 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.
CONTRACTOR: ...........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.
The C-20D features accommodations for five passengers and
staff while the C-20G variant may be configured for cargo operations, passenger operations or a combination of the two. With
a full complement of seats installed, the aircraft is capable of
accommodating up to 26 passengers and a crew of four.
One C-20Ds is operated by VR- 1 at Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility.
One C-20G, operated by Executive Transport Detachment
Sigonella, Italy, supports the commander of U.S. Naval Forces
Europe. The Navy also operates two C-20G aircraft at VR- 51 at
Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and the Marine
Corps operates one C-20G at Kaneohe Bay. A fourth C-20G
based at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX- 30) Naval Base
Ventura County, in Point Mugu, Calif., supports the Navy’s Sea
Test Range with Range Surveillance and Clearance, as well as
providing photometric capabilities.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
C- 26 METROLINER
BRIEFING: The C-26D is a Federal Aviation Administration-
(FAA-) certified military utility transport version of the
Fairchild Metroliner 23 commercial light-lift aircraft. It is a multipurpose low-wing, twin-engine business turboprop with an
engine on each wing. With a maximum payload capacity of
5,020 pounds, the cabin can be configured to accommodate up
to 19 passengers and/or cargo. The aircraft incorporates a cargo
door with an integral air-stair door to permit easy entry and
access. Four UC-26Ds are based in Italy, where they provide
rapid-response transports for high-priority resupply and movement of key personnel to remote sites. Three other C-26D aircraft have been modified to two RC-26Ds and one EC-26D to
conduct range clearance and control missions at the Pacific
Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Hawaii. A single C-26A
was acquired in 2015 for use at the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School.
CONTRAC TOR: ...........M7 Aerospace LLC
C- 12 HURON
BRIEFING: The UC-12B/F/M/W Huron is an FAA-certified military variant of the King Air 200 aircraft manufactured by Hawker
Beechcraft Corp. The UC-12W is an FAA-certified military variant