McDonnell Douglas C-9A “Nightingale” C-9B “Skytrain II” Book Review
|Date of Review||January 2022||Title||McDonnell Douglas C-9A “Nightingale” C-9B “Skytrain II”|
|Author||Steve Ginter||Publisher||Ginter Books|
|Format||96 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$39.95|
Take a highly successful, extremely reliable commercial jet with proven performance, payload, and range. Then adapt it for assorted military roles.
That’s the iconic McDonnell Douglas DC-9 airliner. And it served in as an aeromedical evacuation aircraft, VIP conveyor, personnel transport, cargo carrier, and even test bird.
But in addition to outlining USN use, McDonnell Douglas C-9A “Nightingale” C-9B “Skytrain II” – number 114 in Ginter Books’ popular “Naval Fighters” range – also covers the machine in USAF, USMC, NASA, and Kuwaiti service.
Page after page of exterior and interior details season the lavishly illustrated study. And most are in color.
Hundreds of photos, drawings, close-ups, and tech-manual excerpts probe the plane – inside-out, nose-to-tail, tip-to-tip, top-to-bottom.
Cockpit layout. Crew stations. Cabin configurations. Fuselage. Wings. Stabilizers. Landing gear. You name it.
Service summaries recap C-9 use, unit badges, and markings. An understandably brief modeling section surveys available kits to 1:200 and 1:144 scales. And an intriguing C-9 Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) & tanker proposal nicely concludes contents.
With thanks to Ginter Books!