Douglas C-9B Skytrain II

A picture of the Douglas C-9B Skytrain II

One of the most successful twin-engine jet airliners ever the Douglas DC-9 was in continuous production from 1965 to 2006.  Over time the design evolved considerably, growing steadily longer and with increasing wingspans.  The DC-9 and its descendants the MD-80 and MD-90 have been so popular that they survived the demise of McDonnell-Douglas and reemerged as the Boeing 717 in the late 1990s.  The U.S. Air Force adopted the DC-9 as the C-9A Nightingale in 1967 for use as a medical evacuation aircraft.  The Air Force also adopted the VC-9C as a VIP transport.  The U.S. Navy adopted the C-9B for general cargo and personnel transport duties.

Wingspan

93 ft 5in.

Length

119 ft 5 in.

Height

27 ft 6 in.

Weight

114,000 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

575 MPH

Service Ceiling

37,000 ft

Range

2,070 miles

Engines

Two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A Turbofans with 14,500 pounds of thrust each

Crew

2 pilots and up to 4 cabin attendants

Manufacturer
Douglas

Markings
U.S. Navy Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 56 (VR-56), Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia

Serial Number
159120

Designation
C-9B

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