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Schiphol: May 3, 2019
 
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Schiphol welcomed a rare military visitor on Friday May 3. The Dutch international airport handles military aircraft connected with state visits, visits by presidents or ministers, high ranking military personnel, training flights and sometimes for unknown reasons. The later was the case with a visit of a United States Air Force C-32B.

The USAF operates two variants of the C-32 which is a military version of the Boeing B-757-200. In August 1996 Boeing was awarded a contract to deliver four C-32A's. These together with the Gulfstream C-37A replaced the C-137s in service. All four were and still are assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing based at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland southeast of the country's capital Washington DC. Its first aircraft arrived in June 1998. A further three aircraft joined the fleet later. All seven aircraft are operated by the 1st Airlift Squadron which also has the Boeing C-40 assigned.

At some point the USAF also purchased another four B-757s. These are designated C-32B. Three should be assigned to the 150th Special Operations Squadron based at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) New Jersey but one has been loaned to the 486th Flight Test Squadron (FLTS) / 96th Test Wing (TW) at Eglin AFB, Florida. 150th SOS is parented by the ANGs 108th Wing which also has the 141st Air Refueling Squadron operating eight KC-135R Stratotankers assigned.
Nicknamed "Guardians of the Gate" 150th SOS provides dedicated rapid response airlift to the Department of Defense in support of US Government crisis response events domestic and abroad. While this information is available on the website of JB MDL information about the 486th FLTS is shrouded in secrecy. Although information about 96th TW and its subordinate squadrons and the aircraft assigned is available on the website of Eglin AFB no mention is made about the 486th FLTS.
The aircraft themselves are also "mysterious". All have been assigned military serials but at least two of these regularly change these for a civilian registration and one of the C-32B's seems to fly around with two different military serials. Several topics on the internet follow the aircraft which apparently can only be recognized by differences in the number of windows and the presence (or lack) of antennas and their position on the aircraft.

Based on official documentation (total active inventory) four C-32s are operated by the Active Air Force unit with another two operated by an Air National Guard. This would suggest the original four are assigned to the 89th AW and two aircraft to the 150th SOS. A USAF factsheet dated May 2015 only states four C-32s in service and assigned to Active Air Force.

Unaccounted for are three C-32As assigned to 89th AW which is strange as these are flying around the globe in support of the vice president (when onboard callsign Air Force two), ministers and members of Congress. Also two C-32Bs are unaccounted for with one being assigned to 486th FLTS and the other to 150th SOS which is currently loaned to the test squadron.

Squadron Wing Base Aircraft No. assigned
         
1st AS 89th AW JB Andrews, MD C-32A 7
150th SOS 108th WG JB McGuirre-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ C-32B 2
486th FLTS 96th TW Eglin AFB, FL C-32B 2

C-32A assigned to 1 AS / 89 AW at Schiphol January 16. C-32B on final approach Schiphol runway 36R. 

 
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The C-32B on final approach after it departed Copenhagen.  After a short stop the C-32 taxies out at Schiphol Oost  to continue its journey back to the United States.