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

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

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

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

Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 5 to 8
Overall Length: 119.23 feet (36.34 meters)
Overall Width: 93.24 feet (28.42 meters)
Overall Height: 27.43 feet (8.36 meters)

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

Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

Propulsion: 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.