C-9B Skytrain II
The Navy has a long tradition of procuring commercial airliners for logistics service. One of the most recent examples of an aircraft trading in an airport concourse for military service is the Douglas DC-9, which in 1972 was selected by the Navy to replace older propeller-driven aircraft in the logistics role. Deliveries of the aircraft, designated the C-9B, began the following year, with an initial procurement of 21 planes to outfit the Marine Reserves and Navy fleet logistics support squadrons. Purchased by the Navy in 1985, the Museum's aircraft completed its military service with Transport Squadron (VR) 46 in December 2001. Nicknamed the 'City of Marietta,' the airplane was among the first to land in New York City following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center.