VC-9C

Serial Number: 73-1682

Mission

This VC-9C, serial number 73-1682, transported America’s top leadership from 1975 until 2011. Much of that time it served as Air Force Two for Vice Presidents Walter Mondale, George H.W. Bush, Dan Quayle, Al Gore and Dick Cheney.

It also served serveral of America’s First Ladies—Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary R. Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama.

When this aircraft was needed to transport presidents into smaller airports—Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush—it served as Air Force One.

It also transported visiting world leaders such as Queen Elizabeth II and the Chief of Staff of the People’s Republic of China.

This VC-9C has extended range fuel tanks and was also the first to have a special communications suite installed for the vice president. From 1975 until 2006 it was assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB, Maryland. From 2005 until 2011 it was assigned to the 932nd Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Illinois. Although 37 years old when retired, it only had a total of 16,300 flying hours, not much by airlift standards.

  • Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
  • First Flight: 1968
  • Retired: September 2005
Specifications
  • Crew: Two pilots, navigator, flight engineer, flight mechanic, four flight attendants, four security agents
  • Payload: 42 passengers
  • Length: 119 ft 3 in
  • Wingspan: 93 ft 5 in
  • Height: 27 ft 6 in
  • Empty Weight: 59,700 lbs
  • Loaded Weight: 120,747 lbs
  • Powerplant: 2x Pratt & Whitney JT-8D-9 turbofan
  • Maximum Speed: 576 mph
  • Cruise Speed: 504 mph
  • Range: 2,900 mi
  • Service Ceiling: 37,000 ft
Assignment History

The assignment history for the Air Mobility Command Museum's VC-9C, serial number 73-1682:

Date Location
1975 to 89th Airlift Wing, Andrews AFB, MD
2005 to 932nd Airlift Wing, Scott AFB, IL
18 Aug 2011 Retired and flown to the Air Mobility Command Museum, Dover AFB, DE for display

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