McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender
|Role||Aerial refueling tanker, multi-role aircraft|
|First flight||12 July 1980|
The McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender is an aerial refueling tanker aircraft – the military version of the three-engined DC-10 airliner – operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). The KC-10 was developed from the Advanced Tanker Cargo Aircraft Program. It incorporates military-specific equipment for its primary roles of transport and aerial refueling. It was developed to supplement the KC-135 Stratotanker following experiences in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The KC-10 was the second McDonnell Douglas transport aircraft to be selected by the Air Force following the C-9. A total of 60 KC-10s were produced for the USAF. The Royal Netherlands Air Force operates two similar tankers designated KDC-10 that were converted from DC-10s.
|McDonnell Douglas KDC-10 Walk Around|
|Photographer||Meindert de Vreeze|
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The McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender is a military aerial refueling and transport aircraft that was developed from the DC-10 airliner. The KC-10 was introduced in 1981 and is operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). The KC-10 can carry up to 75 passengers and 170,000 pounds of cargo, as well as perform air-to-air refueling missions with a maximum transfer fuel load of 356,000 pounds. The KC-10 has a range of 4,400 nautical miles without refueling and can extend its range by receiving fuel in flight. The KC-10 is compatible with most fixed-wing aircraft in the USAF inventory, as well as those of allied nations. The KC-10 has played a vital role in supporting US and coalition operations in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. The KC-10 is expected to remain in service until at least 2040, when it will be replaced by the KC-46 Pegasus.
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