When first designed and created, military, government, domestic, and foreign sales markets were investigated, and in 1959 various sales firms were commissioned to assist McDonnell’s sales efforts. The airplane was considered for use as a bombardier and navigator trainer, as an airways and air communication service aircraft, as an advanced interceptor radar investigator trainer, as a high altitude electronics countermeasures trainer, as an electronics test bed, as a high speed transport for hauling combat troops, priority cargo, or for emergency evacuation of casualties. Since the cabin had a wide, flat floor and a full 74-inch headroom throughout its length, the airplane had a large cargo capacity and flexibility for loading.
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The McDonnell 119/220 was a business jet produced by the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation in the mid-1950s. It had a configuration that was unique by bizjet standards, with four jet engines mounted in individual pods underneath a low wing; it could accommodate 10 passengers in a luxury executive configuration but could carry as many as 26.
The Model 119 was originally designed to compete for the U.S. Air Force's UTX/UCX (Utility-Trainer Experimental/
The McDonnell Corporation used the airplane as a VIP transport for a few years before donating it to the Flight Safety Foundation's research facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The commercial failure of the Model 220 is credited with being one of the reasons
McDonnell never again attempted a commercial project before merging with the Douglas Aircraft Company in 1967.
The sole prototype McDonnell 220 remains in outdoor storage at El Paso International Airport in El Paso, TX. It current owner is in Arizona and is represented by GlobalBarterBanc.com
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