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Aircraft Stats:

Powerplant: 2 x 27 300 lb CFM 56-7 turbofans
Speed: 850 kph, 528mph mph
Range: 11 480km, 7,133miles
Seats: 18
Length: 33.63m, 110ft 4in
Span: 35.79m, 5ft 5in
Empty Weight: 43 082kg, 94 980lb
Max T/O Weight: 77 565kg, 171,000lb
Period of Service: 2001 - Current

Weapons:
None specified

Squadrons:
21 Squadron

Attrition:
No incidents found

Boeing 737-7ED (BBJ)

Status: Current
Manufacturer: Boeing
Country of Manufacture: United States
Role: VIP Transport
 
Description:

Based on the Boeing 737-700, the SAAF's BBJ is named the Inkwazi (Fish Eagle) and is registered as ZS-RSA. The aiorcraft arrived in south Africa at AFB Waterkloof on 21 October 2002.

It is primarily used to transport the South African President and his entourage.

Jet Aviation of Basel, Switzerland, designed and outfitted the aircraft. According to Jet Aviation, the aircraft's interior, which seats up to 18 passengers and six crewmembers, is designed with a contemporary theme, influenced by Africa. The BBJ's interior consists of four sections, including a lounge with a convertible bed, an adjoining master office, a senior executive office and executive space in addition to a crew rest area, storage area, full galley and lavatory. The cockpit and cabin are outfitted with communication tools including SATCOM, telephone, telefax and Airshow. A passenger information system providing safety briefings, en-route visual information and other information is installed.


Images:

BBJ at Bujumbura on 26 August 2005. Boeing 737-7ED BBJ ZS-RSA in 2003. Boeing 737-7ED BBJ ZS-RSA in 2014.

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