About The C-9B Aircraft

Aircraft: A two-engine turbofan aircraft similar to the McDonnell-Douglas DC-9
Crew: Pilot, copilot, flight engineer, and two reduced gravity test directors

C-9B image

Aircraft Description and Provisions

  • Electrical approximate power available to the C-9B interface
-- 28VDC, 150 amps
-- 110VAC, 400 Hz, single phase, 30 amps
-- 110VAC, 60 Hz, three phase, 30 amps per phase
-- 110VAC, 60 Hz, single phase, 60 amps
  • Still and motion picture photography and video provided
  • Most test equipment bolted to the floor using 20-inch tiedown grid attachment points
  • Vent/vacuum system to dump combusted gasses overboard
  • Breathing air available

Cabin Cross-Section View

C-9B cross section image

Floor Plan

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Cargo Bay

The C-9B cargo bay test area is approximately 45 feet long, 104 inches wide, and 80 inches high. The aircraft is equipped with electrical power, an overboard vent system, and photographic lights. Air and nitrogen sources are also available. Ground facilities include a test equipment build-up area, briefing room, fax, and telephones.

Typical Mission

A typical mission is 2 to 3 hours long and consists of 40 to 50 parabolas. These parabolas can be flown in succession or with short breaks between maneuvers to reconfigure test equipment. The Reduced Gravity Office provides scheduling, test coordination, and in-flight direction for the test programs.