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Air Force C-37B Airlifter Delivery Ahead of Schedule

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The U.S. Air Force’s 89th Airlift Wing accepted delivery of a new twin-engine turbofan aircraft Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland from the AF Life Cycle Management Center one week ahead of time.

AFLCMC said Friday its presidential and executive airlift division delivered the C-37B plane, which is built to transport high-ranking U.S. government and defense officials, one week ahead of time.

C-37B is derived from the Gulfstream 550 airframe and designed to travel at a distance of 7,768 miles. The aircraft can accommodate up to 12 passengers.

Gulfstream, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, secured a $127M contract in January to build two airlifters.

The service branch expects to receive the additional C-37Bs by the end of the government’s 2021 fiscal year. Delivery of the two planes will bring the fleet size to 16 aircraft.