SKYTRAIN II
SKYTRAIN II

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 atten