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McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender Aircraft

The McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender is an aerial refuelling tanker based on the DC-10 airliner airframe. The KC-10 entered USAF service in March 1981, a total of sixty aircraft have been produced some of which are in use with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Most of the USAF's current aerial refuelling tankers are the older Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers but the KC-10 Extender caries nearly twice the fuel load and has both a boom and drogue refuelling systems giving far more operation capability.

McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender Military Aircraft

 
McDonnell Douglas KC-10A KC-10A Specifications:
  • Crew: Pilot, copilot, flight engineer and boom operator
  • Length: 181 ft 7 in (54.4 m)
  • Wingspan: 165 ft 4.5 in (50 m)
  • Height: 58 ft 1 in (17.4 m)
  • Wing area: 3,958 ft (367.7 m)
  • Empty weight: 241,027 lb (109,328 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 593,000 lb (269,000 kg)
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 590,000 lb (267,600 kg)
  • Engines: Three 52,500 lbf (236 kN) F103/General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofans
  • Maximum fuel capacity: 356,000 lb (160,200 kg)
  • Maximum speed: 538 knots (619 mph, 996 km/h)
  • Range: 4,400 mi (7,032 km)
  • Service ceiling: 42,000 ft (12,727 m)
 

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