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

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

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

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    McDonnell Douglas C-9 (Nightingale/Skytrain II)
    Type: Transport
    National Origin: United States [ VIEW ]
    Manufacturer(s): Aeromedical Corporation / McDonnell Douglas - USA [ VIEW ]
    Introduction: 1968
    Production Total: 48 [ VIEW ]


    Kuwait; United States


    Crew: 5 to 8
    Length: 119.23 feet (36.34 meters)
    Width: 93.24 feet (28.42 meters)
    Height: 27.43 feet (8.36 meters)
    Weight (Empty): 0 lb (0 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 110,231 lb (50,000 kg)


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


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


    Hardpoints: 0
    Armament / Mission Payload:


    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.

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