Updated July 2014


United States Marine Corps -- Provides cargo and passenger transportation to the fleet and forward deployment logistics support.


The C-9B Skytrain is a military version of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 airliner. Modified with upper cargo doors, the C-9 provides unique logistics capabilities, particularly airlift personnel to and from training sites and the movement of naval personnel to support ship deployments. The C-9 can haul cargo, passengers or a combination of the two. Beginning in 2001, the C-40A aircraft began replacing the C-9 fleet.


Primary Function: Fleet logistics support
Date Deployed: 1973
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)
Weight: Max. Gross, Take-off: 108,000 pounds (48,600 kilograms)
Airspeed: Range: 0.78 to 0.82 Mach (585 to 615 miles per hour, 940 to 990 kilometers per hour)
Ceiling: 37,000 feet (11,278 meters)
Range: 2,000 + miles (1,739 nautical miles or 3,200 kilometers)
Crew: Pilot, co-pilot and crew chief, flight attendant and/or loadmaster added as required
Prime Contractor:  The Boeing Company

Program Status

Production Phase: Operational
Inventory: USMC 2