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McDonnell Douglas C-9 (Nightingale / Skytrain II)

Transport Aircraft

The last McDonnell Douglas C-9 Nightingale was retired in 2005.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 4/27/2019
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Year: 1968
Status: Retired, Out-of-Service
Manufacturer(s): Aeromedical Corporation / McDonnell Douglas - USA
Production: 48
Crew: 5
Length: 119.23 ft (36.34 m)
Width: 93.24 ft (28.42 m)
Height: 27.43 ft (8.36 m)
Weight (MTOW): 110,231 lb (50,000 kg)
Power: 2 x Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A turbofan engines developing 14,500 pounds each.
Speed: 554 mph (892 kph; 482 kts)
Ceiling: 36,089 feet (11,000 m; 6.84 miles)
Range: 2,998 miles (4,825 km; 2,605 nm)
Rate-of-Climb: 3,000 ft/min (914 m/min)
Operators: Kuwait; United States



Variants / Models

• 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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