ARLINGTON, Va.—The Marine Corps plans to move a transport squadron to Fort Worth, Texas, where its crews will fly Navy C-40A Clipper transport aircraft until the squadron receives its own C-40As.
Marine Transport Squadron One (VMR-1), based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., operated two C-9B Skytrain II transports for decades to provide rapid-response airlift for Marine Corps units. Many of the Navy's Reserve fleet logistics support (VR) squadrons also operated the C-9B and the similar DC-9 until they completed transition to the C-40A. VMR-1 was the last squadron to operate the C-9B, but its transition to the C-40A had awaited the Navy budget to fund the last two of 17 C-40s to replace the C-9Bs. The 2017 budget funds the 16th and 17th C-40As.