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McDonnell Douglas C-9 (Nightingale/Skytrain II) Transport (1968)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/22/2010

The last McDonnell Douglas C-9 Nightingale was retired in 2005.

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Specifications for the
McDonnell Douglas C-9 (Nightingale/Skytrain II)
Transport


Focus Model: McDonnell Douglas C-9 (Nightingale/Skytrain II)
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Aeromedical Corporation / McDonnell Douglas - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1968
Production: 48


Crew: 5 to 8


Length: 119.23ft (36.34m)
Width: 93.24ft (28.42m)
Height: 27.43ft (8.36m)
Weight (Empty): 0lbs (0kg)
Weight (MTOW): 110,231lbs (50,000kg)


Powerplant: 2 x Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A turbofan engines delivering 14,500 pounds each.


Maximum Speed: 554mph (892kmh; 482kts)
Maximum Range: 2,998miles (4,825km)
Service Ceiling: 36,089ft (11,000m; 6.8miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 3,000 feet per minute (914m/min)


Hardpoints: 0
Armament Suite:
None.


Variants:
C-9A "Nightingale" - USAF aeromedical evacuation platforms; 23 examples delivered.


C-9B "Skytrain II" - USN/USMC passenger transport platforms; 24 examples delivered.

VC-9C - VIP Transport for USAF; 3 examples delivered.

C-9K - Kuwaiti Air Force Designation; 2 examples delivered.


Operators:
Kuwait; United States