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McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender
Official Designation KC-10A Extender
Primary Role Aerial refueling
Secondary Role Strategic airlift
National Origin USA
Original Contractor McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Co.
Operator United States Air Force
Wingspan 165 feet, 4 inches (50.38m)
Length 181 feet, 7 inches (55.35m)
Height at Tail 58 feet (17.68m)
Cargo Hold Length: 120 feet, 4 inches (36.64m);
Width: 16 feet, 5 inches (5.00m);
Height: 8 feet (2.44m)
Armament None
Engines Three General Electric CF-6-50C2 turbofans
Thrust 52,500 pounds (234kN) per engine
Cruise Speed 565 mph (909km/h; Mach 0.76)
Max Speed 620 mph (998km/h; Mach 0.84)
Range 3,800 nm (7,037km) with cargo;
10,000 nm (18,520km) without cargo;
Unlimited with inflight refueling
Service Ceiling 42,000 feet (12,800m)
Operating Weight 240,065 pounds (108,892kg) as a tanker;
244,630 pounds (110,962kg) as a transport
Fuel Capacity
(all tanks and bladders)
356,000 pounds (160,200kg)
Max Payload 170,000 pounds (77,111kg)
Number of 463L Pallets 27
Max Takeoff Weight 590,000 pounds (267,620kg)
Basic Crew Four (pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer, boom operator)
Date Deployed March 1981
Total in Service 59 aircraft
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