Tue, Sep 16, 2003
Final Take Off Before Hitting the Bone Yard...
A C-9 Nightingale from the 30th Airlift Squadron in Yokota Air
Base, Japan has taken off for the final time Sept. 14 on its way to
the "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
The Nightingale, which served as the premier medical-evacuation
aircraft for the Air Force for 35 years, was retired in July. The
30th AS will deactivate Sept. 25. In 2002, the 30th AS accumulated
more than 3,200 flying hours during 1,280 sorties, while airlifting
more than 10,300 patients and passengers in the Pacific region.
The C-9A Nightingale is a twin-engine, T-tailed, medium-range,
swept-wing jet aircraft that was used primarily for the Air
Mobility Command's aeromedical evacuation mission. The C-9C was
used to transport high-ranking government and Department of Defense
officials for special air missions.
The C-9A Nightingale was a modified version of the Boeing
Company's DC-9. It was 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, provided flexibility for AMC's worldwide aeromedical
evacuation role. [ANN Thanks Master Sgt. Val Gempis for the
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