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C-9B's To MD-80's  
User currently offlineJaml10-11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 9 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2558 times:

Are the MD-80's structurally sound to be converted into cargo freighters and has there ever been interest in such a development? If so, would it not be a logical successor to the widely used but aged fleet of C-9B's in U.S. military inventory?


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User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2893 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2539 times:

Structurally there is very little difference between the DC-9 and the MD-80. The fuselage is the same structure with an extra section inserted forward of the wing. The wings are longer on the MD-80.

As far as the US military converting used MD-80s to replace the DC-9 fleet it wouldn't happen. They are buying 737-800s to replace the DC-9 fleet. The US military prefers to buy new aircraft. They would only convert used civil aircraft if no new aircraft fit the requirements. I think the JSTAR aircraft are converted 707.

User currently offlineExnonrev From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 621 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2476 times:

Actually, a number of the USN C-9Bs were acquired second-hand (in some cases 4th or 5th). Almost all of the ex-airline C-9s were CF airframes similar to the new-build C-9s. The CFs came from Douglas with cargo doors and beefed-up cabin floors.

The cost of those aftermarket modifications to a relatively small number of Mad Dogs (in addition to acquisition and training costs) would be prohibitively expensive. The Navy is getting new custom-built airframes in a package deal which includes training and heavy MX.

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