C-9A Nightingale is a twin-engine, T-tailed, medium-range, swept-wing
jet aircraft used primarily for the Air Mobility Command's aeromedical
evacuation mission. The C-9C is used to transport high-ranking
government and Department of Defense officials for special air
The C-9A Nightingale is a modified version of the Boeing Company's
DC-9. It is the only aircraft in the inventory specifically designed
for the movement of litter and ambulatory patients. The C-9A's airlift
capability to carry 40 litter patients or 40 ambulatory and four litter
patients, or combinations of those, provides the flexibility for AMC's
worldwide aeromedical evacuation role. In addition to speed, quiet and
comfort for patients, the aircraft has many special features for the
care of patients:
operated folding ramp which allows for efficient loading and unloading
of litter patients and special medical equipment.
receptacles for securing intravenous bottles.
special care area with a separate ventilation system for patients
requiring isolation or intensive care.
vacuum and therapeutic oxygen outlets, positioned in sidewall service
panels at potential litter tier locations.
28 VDC outlet located in the special care area. Twenty-two 115 VAC-60
hertz electrical outlets, located throughout the cabin, permit the use
of cardiac monitors, respirators, incubators and infusion pumps at any
location within the cabin.
medical refrigerator for preserving whole blood and biological drugs.
medical supply work area with sink, medicine storage section and work
table, fore and aft galleys and lavatories.
commercial airline seats for ambulatory patients.
medical crew director's station with desk, communication panel and a
control panel to monitor cabin temperature, therapeutic oxygen and
auxiliary power unit that provides electrical power for uninterrupted
cabin air conditioning, quick servicing during en route stops and
self-starting for the twin engines.
The 375th Airlift Wing at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., operates 10 C-9A
Nightingales for AMC. The normal crew aboard the C-9A consists of a
pilot, a co-pilot, two flight nurses, three aeromedical evacuation
technicians and one flying crew chief. C-9A's are assigned to the 374th
Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, for use in the Pacific theater.
C-9s are also stationed in Europe at Ramstein AB, Germany.
The C-9A demonstrates its uniqueness and versatility every day by its
ability to serve more than 660 military, Department of Veterans Affairs
and civilian hospitals, using 650 military and commercial airfields
throughout the world. Additionally, stateside, it flies 37 scheduled
and approximately five urgent missions weekly. The C-9A is the only
aircraft dedicated solely for aeromedical evacuation at locations
around the world.
The 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB, Md., operates the C-9C for the
airlift of medium-sized delegations of government and DOD officials.
The aircraft is used for worldwide operations and is often used to
transport the vice president or the first lady.