Gulfstream C-37 (V/G550)

Product Type:

Long-Range Executive Passenger Jet

Using Service (US):

Air Force (USAF) and Navy

Program Status:

In production (C-37B/Gulfstream G550)

Prime Contractor:

Gulfstream Aerospace (General Dynamics)

About the C-37:

The C-37 is a long-range business jet used to provide airlift for senior U.S. government officials, including members of Congress and combatant commanders. The C-37B is the military variant of the Gulfstream (General Dynamics) G550 business jet, while the older C-37A configuration is based on the Gulfstream V. The aircraft is powered by two Rolls-Royce BR710-C4 turbofan engines, each delivering 15,385 pounds of thrust.

C-37 features include enhanced weather radar, autopilot and a modern heads-up display for the pilot. Safety features include an Enhanced Vision System (EVS) providing increased visibility and situational awareness in all weather environments. The aircraft is also equipped with both commercial and military communications equipment to provide secure voice and data capability. The typical C-37B features an executive compartment with accommodations for six passengers as well as a staff compartment with room for eight people.

The designed service life of the C-37 is 40,000 hours. As of April 2014, The U.S. Air Force operates a fleet of 12 C-37A/Bs with an average of 30,000 hours remaining.




The price of a Gulfstream C-37 (G550) VIP executive aircraft is $66.19 million (in 2011).


Airlift for senior U.S. government officials including members of Congress + combatant commanders.

FY 2014 DoD Program:

The FY 2014 budget funds modifications to C-37A and C-37B aircraft. Service bulletins and low cost modifications are necessary for continuing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification while improving flight safety, reliability, and maintainability.

FY 2015 DoD Program:

The FY 2015 budget provides $18.5 million for modifications to the C-37 fleet. The WIDEBAND SATCOM modification installs wide-band SATCOM communications infrastructure and replaces legacy VINSON/ANDVT devices on Air Force C-37 aircraft. Air Force C-37s maintain FAA certification. This modification provides national senior leaders with the ability to execute business enterprise and C2 functions globally while airborne. It maintains senior leader access to TS/SCI voice/data/video networks (Crisis Management System/Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System) while airborne. If not installed, senior leaders will not be able to access NIPR, SIPR, and TS/SCI voice/data/video networks preventing them from being able to conduct time critical targeting of high-value targets, as required, and crisis actions while airborne.

For more information, click to see the Air Force FY 2015 C-37 Budget.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Gulfstream Aerospace.

Specifications Armament DoD Spending FY2015 Budget

The Gulfstream C-37

Last Update: June 24, 2014.

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External Resources:

Gulfstream's C-37 Site: Gulfstream C-37 (G550)

YouTube: Gulfstream C-37 | YouTube Videos

Brochure: Gulfstream G550 | Brochure
Fact Sheet: Gulfstream G550 | Fact Sheet

C-37 U.S. Defense Budget Charts:

DoD Spending on the C-37 in FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014 and FY 2015
DoD Purchases of C-37 Aircraft in FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014 and FY 2015
Defense Budget Data

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DoD Spending, Procurement and RDT&E: FY 2011/12/13 + Budget for FYs 2014 + 2015

DoD Defense Spending, Procurement, Modifications, Spares, and RDT&E for the C-37 VIP Executive Jet

Download Official U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Budget Data:

Purchases of C-37 Aircraft (USAF-2014) Modification of C-37 Aircraft (USAF)

Aircraft Specifications: C-37B Executive Jet (Gulfstream G550)

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Primary Function: Airlift for senior U.S. government officials
including members of Congress and combatant commanders
Contractor: Gulfstream Aerospace (General Dynamics)
Power Plant: 2x Rolls-Royce BR710-C4 turbofan engines
Thrust: 15,385 pounds (each engine)
Wingspan: 93 ft 6 in (28.5 m)
Length: 96 ft 5 in (29.4 m)
Height: 25 ft 10 in (7.8 m)
Width: Fuselage: 7 ft 4 in (2.2 m)
Weight (Empty): 48,300 lb (21,909 kg)
Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW): 91,000 lbs (41,278 kg)
Payload: 6,200 lbs (2,812 kg)
Capacity: 12-14 passengers (4-6 VIPs and 8 staff members)
Speed: Cruise: 488 kts/562 mph (904 km/h); Max: 521 kts/600 mph (966 km/h)
Range: 6,750 nm/7,768 miles (12,500 km)
Service Ceiling: 51,000 ft (15,545 m)
Armament/Weapons: None
Crew: 2 pilots + flight attendants
Price/Unit Cost: $66.2 million (in FY 2011)
First Flight: G550: July 18, 2002
Deployed: 2004
Aircraft Inventory: USAF: 12x C-37A/B (as of April 2014)

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