McDonnell-Douglas VC-9C 'Nightingale'

  Base model:C-9
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Transport
  Modified Mission:Staff Transport

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Known serial numbers
73-1681 / 73-1683, 73-1684


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06/23/2012 @ 15:41 [ref: 61438]
 CCM Ken Witkin, USAF (Ret.)
 Fort Washington, MD
During 1975, the 89th MAW at Andrews AFB, Maryland received three VC-9C (McDonnel-Douglas DC-9-32) aircraft, tail numbers 73-1681, 73-1682 and 73-1683. The VC-9C was redesignated the C-9C in 1977.

Originally, the C-9Cs were used to provide first-class transportation to US, Central and South American airports for cabinet members, members of Congress, high-ranking DOD personnel and the First Lady.

In early 1982, C-9C 73-1682 was modified by E-Systems with a secure communications package in order to serve as an Air Force Two platform. The secure communications package consisted of an Airborne Communications Systems Operator crew position located several feet behind the copilotís seat and to the right of the forward lavatory, five high frequency (HF) receivers, four HF transmitters, two telephone lines, one KW-7 crypto device, one CMT-500 secure teletype terminal and a Secret Service FM transceiver.
SAM 31682 normally carries one principal VIP plus staff and is divided into three sections: forward (crew area), center (stateroom) and aft (staff and passenger area). The forward section includes the cockpit, a 4-seat security police area, a secure communications center, a galley and a lavatory. The stateroom (center section) is configured with a couch plus two first-class airline seats facing towards the rear and one forward-facing first-class airline swivel seat for the principal VIP. The aft section serves as a combination staff and passenger compartment and has an additional 39 first-class airline seats and a latrine.

During 1995/1996, the other two C-9C aircraft were upgraded by E-Systems with UHF SATCOM, INMARSAT, Verizon AirFone Service, telecommunications computers and secure fax.
After 9/11, inflight TV and INMARSAT Swift 64 (64 Kbps ISDN) were added to 31681 and 31683 by L-3Com (formerly E-Systems).

01/31/2011 @ 10:25 [ref: 35912]
 CCM Ken Witkin, USAF (Ret.)
 Fort Washington, MD
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01/31/2011 @ 10:17 [ref: 35911]
 Guy E. Franklin
 Deastville, AL
The C-9A Nightingale is the USAF's off-the-shelf version of the Douglas DC-9-32F airliner used for aeromedical evacuation duties. The C-9C version, originally designated VC-9C, is for special missions or VIP transport. The Military Airlift Command, which became the Air Mobility Command in June 1992, has 20 C-9As (of 21 delivered) and all three C-9C aircraft purchased. C-9B and C-9K versions have gone, respectively, to the US Navy and to Kuwait.

The commercial DC-9 short/medium range airliner, first flown on 25 Feb 1965, offered a pragmatic design with proven performance to fit the USAF's need for intra-theater or tactical aeromedical missions. The first example of the DC-9-30, from which the military transport was developed, flew on 1 Aug 1966. A low-wing transport with wings and empennage swept at 24o and engines mounted astride the rear fuselage, the C-9A offers the capability of transporting a load of patients over some 1,430 miles (2300 km) at economical operating and maintenance costs.

Both USAF C-9 versions are powered by two 14,500-lb (64.5-kN) thrust Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9 turbofan engines. The C-9A, uniquely identified as a tactical hospital aircraft by a red cross on its tail, has three entrances: two with special hydraulic stairways and the third, with a cargo door measuring 6 ft 9 in X 11 ft 4 in (2.06 X 3.4 m), on the left-hand side with a hydraulic elevator for loading stretcher patients. These make loading of the aircraft independent of ground facilities.

Flight crew consists of two pilots with crew chief or loadmaster flying on some missions. On aeromedical missions, the C-9A Nightingale can accommodate 40 litter patients or 40 seated ambulatory patients, plus two nurses and three aeromedical technicians.

The special-configuration VC-9C (redesignated C-9C in 1977) was ordered in Dec 1973 and delivered beginning in 1975. C-9C VIP transports are among several types operated by the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB, Maryland.

C-9C: Three C-9Cs were acquired in 1973 for VIP duties, joining a mixed fleet at Andrews AFB. These three aircraft are painted in a striking blue and white livery and are specially configured to transport high-ranking military personnel and government figures.
73-1681 to 73-1683

11/30/2006 @ 10:17 [ref: 14879]
 Reinhard Puchstein
 D-32339 Espelkamp, OTH
Nickname \'nightingale\': May come from wellknow nurse FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE, who served wounded soldiers during Balkan-war. The plane is known as a \'flying hospital\'.
05/26/2005 @ 07:52 [ref: 10312]


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