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C-9A/C Nightingale
C-9B Skytrain II

Primary Function[C-9A/C] Aeromedical evacuation
[C-9B] combined personnel/cargo transport
Contractor McDonnell Douglas Corporation
Power Plant Two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A turbofan engines
Thrust 14,500 pounds (6,525 kilograms) each engine
Length 119 feet, 3 inches (35.7 meters)
Wingspan 93 feet, 3 inches (27.9 meters)
Height 27 feet, 5 inches (8.2 meters)
Weights 108,000 pounds (48,600 kilograms) Maximum Takeoff Weight
65,283 pounds empty in passenger configuration [C-9B]
59,706 pounds empty in cargo configuration [C-9B]
Range More than 2,000 miles (1,740 nautical miles)
2,538 nautical miles at long-range cruising speed [C-9B]
Ceiling 35,000 feet (10,600 meters)
Speed 565 mph (Mach 0.86) at 25,000 feet (7,600 meters), with maximum takeoff weight
504 mph long range cruising
Load 40 litter patients or four litters and 40 ambulatory patients or other combinations
  • C-9A/C - Eight (pilot, co-pilot, flight mechanic, two flight nurses and three aeromedical technicians)
  • C-9B - two, plus cabin attendants
  • Date Deployed August 1968
    Unit Cost$17 million
    InventoryUSAF Active force, 10; ANG, 0; Reserve, 0

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