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2002 – Coast Guard Acquires the C-37A Long Range Command and Control Aircraft

VC 37A 2 - 2002 – Coast Guard Acquires the C-37A Long Range Command and Control Aircraft

The C-37A, a Gulfstream V, was acquired in the second quarter of 2002 to serve as long range command-and-control aircraft that can be used to provide transportation for high-level Coast Guard and government officials. The C-37 is fully capable of long range flight with a range of 6,500 nautical miles. The C-37 replaced the VC-20B.

The C-37A had state-of-the-art avionics system. The flight management system was integrated with a full-function Heads-Up-Display. The flight management system allowed the crew to program the arrival of the aircraft at a point in space at a specific time. ACARS and a Microwave Landing System were installed. In addition the aircraft was equipped with an enhanced ground proximity warning system and an IFF. Digital engine controls maintained operational parameters. The C-37 met the Extended Range with Two-Engine Airplane standards, a criterion previously only met by large commercial aircraft operating over long stretches of water.

Manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Designation C-37A
Wingspan 93’ 6”
Height 25’ 30”
Length 96’ 5”
Fuel Capacity 41,300 pounds
Cruise Speed 0.88 Mach
Range 6,500 nautical miles @ 0.8 Mach
Gross Weight 90,900 pounds
Crew 4
Passengers Up to 12
Service Ceiling 51,000 feet
Sea Level Climb 3,810 feet per minute
Engines (2) BMW-Rolls-Royce BR-710– rated 14,750 pounds thrust per engine


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