Ramstein squadron gets C-37A for VIP duties
Members of the 76th Airlift Squadron here receieved a C-37A December 7 to help increase the flying capabilities of the distinguished visitor mission.
The new aircraft is the military version of the Gulfstream V ultra-long-range-business aircraft and is the first C-37A to be stationed here. The aircraft arrived from the Gulfstream Service Center in Savannah, Georgia.
The squadron is the largest and most diverse operational support aircraft squadron in the Air Force, and the C-37A will enable them to excel with the high operations tempo they encounter here, said Lt. Col. Tom Dowdle, the 76th AS standards and evaluations chief.
"It greatly expands our capabilities for (distinguished visitor) travel," Colonel Dowdle said. "We currently cannot meet the demand with our aircraft inventory, and this new addition will be a great help."
The C-37A is operated by a five-person crew and offers unrivaled range, speed and communication capability for officials. It can fly as high as 51,000 feet, has a maximum speed of Mach 0.885 and has a range of 6,000 miles. "Our government and military's senior leaders can fly non-stop from Ramstein (Air Base, Germany) to San Francisco, Stuttgart (Germany) to Johannesburg, or Frankfurt to Beijing," Colonel Dowdle said.
While airborne, a communication system operator will be able to ensure DVs stay connected with everything going on throughout the flight. With high-tech broadband capability, key decision makers never lose contact with their chain of command.