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

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

     Updated: 1/22/2010; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

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    McDonnell Douglas C-9 (Nightingale/Skytrain II) Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1968
    Type: Transport
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): Aeromedical Corporation / McDonnell Douglas - USA
    Production Total: 48

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating 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 (MTOW): 110,231 lb (50,000 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 2 x Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A turbofan engines delivering 14,500 pounds each.

    Maximum Speed: 554 mph (892 kph; 482 knots)
    Maximum Range: 2,998 miles (4,825 km)
    Service Ceiling: 36,089 feet (11,000 meters; 6.84 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 3,000 feet-per-minute (914 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload


    Global Operators / Customers

    Kuwait; United States

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    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.