Douglas C-9B Skytrain II

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Douglas
Markings
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 57 (VR-57,) U.S. Navy, North Island NAS, California
Designation
C-9B
Serial Number
164607

Douglas C-9B Skytrain II

One of the most successful twin-engine jet airliners ever the Douglas DC-9 has been in continuous production since 1965. Over time the design has 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.

Specifications
Wingspan 93 ft 5 in
Length 119 ft 5 in
Height 27 ft 6 in
Weight 114,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 575 mph
Service Ceiling 37,000 ft
Range 2,070 miles
Engines 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A Turbofans 14,500 pounds of thrust each
Crew 2 pilots and up to 4 cabin attendants