45th largest aircraft: The C-9 Nightingale was built and designed by Mcdonell Douglas and serves mainly as aeromedical evacuation and troop transport, and is also called the "Skytrain".
The C-9 nightingale is a large military transport based off the C-9 airliners but is slightly stretched and can go at a faster speed, as well as more room for cargo and troops. The Nightingale is used mainly by the U.S. air force as a flying hospital or to transport a large amount of troops and cargo, making it a very strategic aircraft. First designed in 1966, it was decomissioned in 2005, and was replaced by the C-40 transport, but C-9's still serve in Kuwait. Near it's peak in active service it flew overseas to counter missile threats and served as a research plane at NASA. Most have gone for scrap or have been converted to museum peices, but the C-9 still exists and holds good spot in the TOP 50 aircraft and also has an excellent record.
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