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
Aircraft Description and Provisions
Cabin Cross-Section View
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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.
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.