C-9 Skytrain.

The C-9 Skytrain II is the military version of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 employed in US military service. The C-9 fleet is located throughout the continental United States, Europe, and Asia. The Navy and Marine Corps C-9 aircraft provide cargo and passenger transportation as well as forward deployment logistics support. The Air Force C-9s are used for medical evacuation, passenger transportation, and special missions.

General Characteristics

  • Primary Function: C-9A/C aeromedical evacuation, C-9B cargo transport
  • Contractor: Boeing Aircraft Corporation (formerly the McDonnell Douglas Corporation)
  • Unit Cost: $35 million
  • Propulsion: Two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A turbofan engines
  • Length: 119 feet 3 inches (35.7 meters)
  • Wingspan: 93 feet 3 inches (27.9 meters)
  • Height: 27 feet 5 inches (8.2 meters)
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 108,000 pounds (48,600 kg)
  • Range: More than 2,000 miles (1,739 nautical miles or 3,200 km)
  • Basic Weight: 65,283 pounds (29,369 kg) in passenger configuration; 59,706 pounds (26,868 kg) in cargo configuration
  • Ceiling: 37,000 feet
  • Speed: 565 mph (Mach 0.86/904 km/h) at 25,000 feet ( 7.500 meters), with maximum takeoff weight
  • Load: 40 litter patients or four litters and 40 ambulatory patients or other combinations
  • Crew: C-9A/C, eight (pilot, copilot, flight mechanic, two flight nurses, three aeromedical technicians); C-9B, two pilots plus cabin attendants
  • Date Deployed: August 1968