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 several 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.

Gallery

  • 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

5 Comments

  • Melvin Steadman SMSgt Retired

    Glad to see the Radio Operator position included in the photo gallery. I was a radio operator in 1st MAS from 1980 to 1985 on 1682 and C-135B aircraft.

  • You have done such a wonderful job of researching the utilization of this special aircraft and making it available to us here. Well done! Where did you find such good info for 1682? Would the same kind of information be available for 1683 here at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in Oregon? Appreciate any help and/or dierection you could give. Thank you…Donn W. Anderson, Docent.

  • Thanks so much for the update on 1681 and 1683!! Glad they are being treated in an appropriate fashion befitting their history.

  • Christopher Lockhart

    Such a beautiful aircraft. I hate that it’s so far from my home, as I’d love to have my granddaughter see it up close. Over approximately 15 years I served as Mechanic, Crew Lead, Supervisor, and finally Department Manager over the 3 aircraft fleet of VC-9C’s during Heavy Maintenance at Lockheed Martin in Greenville, S.C. It was a sad day for me when they retired them. Definitely 3 of the most beautiful aircraft to ever come out of a McDonnell Douglas manufacturing plant. Very low hours on all 3. Still in beautiful condition from the looks of 1682. I wonder where 1681, and 1683 wound up? I know that one of them was auctioned off a couple years ago. I would’ve loved to buy it, and use it for charter flights. Thanks for keeping 1682 out of the bone yard. Too many of the Navy C-9B’s, and Air Force C-9A’s headed that way. Davis-Monthan I assume. Oh well, I miss the good old days.

    • Hi Christopher,

      1681 is at Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California.
      1683 is at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

      Thanks for your time with the VC-9 fleet!

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