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KC-10A Extender  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1981
Total Production: 59
Unitary Cost: USD$88 million
Also Known As: KDC-10 ARS
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing
Parent System: KC-10 Extender
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1981
Total Production: 59
Total Cost: USD$5.2 billion
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Description: The KC-10A Extender is an advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for US Armed Forces. It can transport up to 75 people and nearly 170,000 pounds of cargo a distance of about 4,400 miles unrefueled.

The KC-10 has three large fuel tanks under the cargo floor as well as three main wing fuel tanks. Combined the 6 tanks carry more than 356,000 pounds of fuel, almost twice as much as the KC-135 Stratotanker. It uses an aerial refueling boom, or a hose and drogue centerline refueling system, to refuel a wide variety of military aircraft within the same mission. During refueling operations the fuel is transferred at a maximum rate of 1,100 gallons per minute using the boom, while the hose and drogue can refuel at a maximum rate of 470 gallons per minute. In addition, the KC-10 can be be in-flight refueled by another KC-10 or a KC-135 tanker aircraft to increase its delivery range.

The KC-10 has a crew of 4 people: the pilot, copilot, flight engineer and boom operator.

The KC-10A Extender is a derivative of commercial DC-10 aircraft and was deployed within the US Air Force in 1981. During operation Desert Shield in 1990 and Desert Storm in 1991, this aircraft provided in-flight refueling for US Air Force aircraft making possible the rapid deployment of US military forces to the Persian Gulf theater of operations. During the war the KC-10 and KC-135 tankers delivered about 125 million of gallons in 51,700 separate refueling operations.

KC-10A Extender Specifications

Crew: 4
Number of Engines: 3
Height: 17.4 meter (57 foot)
Length: 54 meter (178 foot)
Wingspan: 50 meter (164 foot)
Ceiling: 12,800 meter (41,995 foot)
Max Range: 7,080 kilometer (3,823 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 274 mps (533 KTAS)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 157,500 pound (71,442 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 268 ton (590,829 pound)
Payload: 77,112 kilogram (170,000 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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KC-10A Extender News

There are 7 news between
1 Feb 2008 and 24 Apr 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012F-35A Completes First In-Flight Refueling Mission with External Weapons
Wednesday, June 23, 2010Boeing Receives Contract to Upgrade US Air Force KC-10 Cockpits
Thursday, October 1, 2009Dutch KC-10 with Upgraded Cockpit Completes Certification Flight Tests
Friday, September 25, 2009US Air Force Announces KC-X Acquisition Program Decision in the Summer 2010
Thursday, January 15, 2009Australian Wedgetail 737 AEW&C Aircraft Completes First Aerial Refuleing
Thursday, August 7, 2008KC/DC-10 Cockpit Upgrade Program Aircraft Completes First Flight
Friday, February 1, 2008Boeing Receives KC-10 Logistics Support Contract Extension

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