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McDonnell Douglas C-9A “Nightingale” C-9B “Skytrain II”

McDonnell Douglas C-9A “Nightingale” C-9B “Skytrain II” Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review January 2022 Title McDonnell Douglas C-9A “Nightingale” C-9B “Skytrain II”
Author Steve Ginter Publisher Ginter Books
Published 2021 ISBN 978-1-7349727-6-4
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!