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Dover Air Force Base in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

VC-9C

S/N 73-1682

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 11, 2019
1. VC-9C Marker
Inscription.  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, and Laura Bush.

When this aircraft was needed to transport Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or George W. Bush into smaller airports, 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 2005 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 many by airlift standards.

Specifications
Manufacturer:
VC-9C Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 11, 2019
2. VC-9C Marker
McDonnell Douglas
Type: Executive transport
Powerplant: Two 14,500-lb-thrust Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9 turbofan engines
Maximum Speed: 562 mph
Range: 2,900 mi.
Service Ceiling: 37,000 ft
Max Takeoff Weight: 120,747 lb
Crew: Pilot, co-pilot, navigator, flight engineer, flight mechanic, four flight attendance, and four security agents
Payload: 42 passengers
Dimensions:
Wing Span - 39 ft 5 in
Length - 119 ft 4 in
Height - 27 ft 6 in

[Captions, clockwise from top left:]
The museum's VC-9C taxis out for departure on its final flight to Dover Air Force Base

Above: A ceremony marking the first delivery of VC-9C, 73-1682, Special Air Missions transport to the U.S. Air Force was highlighted by cutting the ties of two 89th Military Airlift Wing officers who headed the crew that flew the twin-engine jet to Andrews AFB.

The paint scheme on the museum's aircraft was first used in 1962 and is still used on presidential aircraft today.

A SAT-COM dome is included for secure communications.

It takes six people four 8-hour shifts to polish the aluminum.

 
Location. 39° 7.145′ N, 75° 27.463′ 
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W. Marker is in Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker can be reached from Heritage Road 0.7 miles west of Bayside Drive (Delaware Route 9), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1301 Heritage Road, Dover AFB DE 19902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. C-141A (within shouting distance of this marker); F-106A (within shouting distance of this marker); C-141B (within shouting distance of this marker); C-131D (within shouting distance of this marker); F-101B (within shouting distance of this marker); 463L Pallet (within shouting distance of this marker); C-9A/C (within shouting distance of this marker); C-54M (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover Air Force Base.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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