The C-37A/B are twin-engine, turbofan aircraft acquired to fill the worldwide special airlift missions for high ranking government and Department of Defense officials.
The aircraft contains a modern flight management system with a worldwide satellite-based GPS and comes in two variations. The C-37A is based upon Gulfstream V aircraft and the C-37B is based upon Gulfstream 550. Both are capable of high-altitude, intercontinental flight with cruise operations from 41,000 to 51,000 feet. Features include enhanced weather radar, autopilot and an ultra-modern heads-up display for the pilot. Safety features include enhanced vision systems that allows increased visibility in poor weather conditions. The aircraft is also equipped with both commercial and military communications equipment to provide secure and non-secure voice and data capability.
The 89th Airlift Wing, 99th Airlift Squadron, has four C-37As and received its fifth C-37B in March 2020 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The 15th Airlift Wing, 65th Airlift Squadron at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, has two C-37As. The 86th Airlift Wing, 76th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, has three C-37As.
Primary Function: Special air mission
Builder: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Power Plant: C-37A: Two BMW/Rolls Royce BR710A14-10 high bypass ratio turbofan engines; C-37B: Two BMW/Rolls Royce BR710C4-11 engines
Thrust: C-37A: 14,750 pounds per engine; C-37B: 15,385 pounds per engine
Length: 96 Feet, 5 inches (29.38 meters)
Height: 25 feet, 11 inches (7.9 meters)
Wingspan: 93 feet, 6 inches (28.5 meters)
Cruise Speed: 345 mph
Maximum Altitude: 51,000 feet (15,545 meters)
Maximum Takeoff Weight: C-37A: 90,500 pounds (41,050 Kg); C-37B: 91,000 pounds (41,277 Kg)
Range: C-37A: 6,300 miles (5,500 nautical miles) normal cruise; C-37B: 6,700 miles (5,560 nautical miles) normal cruise
Load: 12 passengers
Date Deployed: C-37A: 1998; C-37B: 2006
Unit Cost: C-37A: $36 million (1998 constant dollars), C-37B: $55 million (2006 constant dollars)
Inventory: Active Force, 13; Air National Guard, 0; Reserve, 0
(Current as of April 2020)