USAF C-40 at RAF Brize Norton

29/04/2023

Friday, April 28th saw RAF Brize Norton host one of the USAFs primary high-priority personnel transport aircraft in the form of a C-40B Clipper. The aircraft arrived from Ben Gurion Airport, Israel.

The USAF C-40Bs are designed as an 'office in the sky' for high-ranking US Military leaders. Its various communication systems and onboard internet make it the perfect place for America's Combatant Commanders to do business whilst traveling. 

With the C-40 being high on my list of aircraft to photograph, a chance to catch it was just too good to miss. The rumour at the fence line on the 28th was that it would be departing the next day, and it did just that. As I was at the base on the 28th, I couldn't miss the opportunity of having a look around to try and find this bird, and, although I did manage to sneak a glimpse of it, it was only the front top half. Hardly enough to be a proper 'spot' in my opinion. As I had every intention of being at Brize the next day anyway, I knew I could well have the chance to get something proper of it. Within an hour of my arriving, my scanner burst into life with SAM479 requesting engine start, that was music to my ears. Seen below is USAF C-40A Clipper 01-0015 SAM479 departing RAF Brize Norton destined for MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. 

01-0015 flies with the 1st Airlift Squadron, 89th Airlift Wing, out of Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. JBA is home to 7 C-40B aircraft. The USAF operates 11 C-40Bs and C-40Cs across the United States. 01-0015 was delivered to the USAF in January 2003.