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Mission

The KC-10 Extender is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. armed forces.

KC-10 Extender side: An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 40th Flight Test Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., refuels from a KC-10A Extender.KC-10 Extender side: An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 40th Flight Test Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., refuels from a KC-10A Extender.

Although the KC-l0's primary mission is aerial refueling, it can combine the tasks of a tanker and cargo aircraft by refueling fighters and simultaneously carry the fighter support personnel and equipment on overseas deployments.

The KC-10 is also capable of transporting litter and ambulatory patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations.

Features

The KC-10 can transport up to 75 people and nearly 170,000 pounds (76,560 kilograms) of cargo a distance of about 4,400 miles (7,040 kilometers) unrefueled.

In addition to the three main DC-10 wing fuel tanks, the KC-10 has three large fuel tanks under the cargo floor, one under the forward lower cargo compartment, one in the center wing area and one under the rear compartment. Combined, the capacity of the six tanks carry more than 356,000 pounds (160,200 kilograms) of fuel - almost twice as much as the KC-135 Stratotanker.

Using either an advanced aerial refueling boom, or a hose and drogue centerline refueling system, the KC-10 can refuel a wide variety of U.S. and allied military aircraft within the same mission. The aircraft is equipped with lighting for night operations.

KC-10 Extender: A U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron 87 refuels from an Air Force KC-10 Extender aircraft over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex during Exercise Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, on April 18, 2007.KC-10 Extender: A U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron 87 refuels from an Air Force KC-10 Extender aircraft over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex during Exercise Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, on April 18, 2007.

The KC-10's boom operator controls refueling operations through a digital, fly-by wire system. Sitting in the rear of the aircraft, the operator can see the receiver aircraft through a wide window. During boom refueling operations, fuel is transferred to the receiver at a maximum rate of 1,100 gallons (4,180 liters) per minute; the hose and drogue refueling maximum rate is 470 gallons (1,786 liters) per minute. The Automatic Load Alleviation System and Independent Disconnect System greatly enhances safety and facilitates air refueling. The KC-10 can be air-refueled by a KC-135 or another KC-10A to increase its delivery range.

The large cargo-loading door can accept most air forces' fighter unit support equipment. Powered rollers and winches inside the cargo compartment permit moving heavy loads. The cargo compartment can accommodate loads ranging from 27 pallets to a mix of 17 pallets and 75 passengers.

KC-10 Extender: A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, 305th Air Mobility Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., approaches a KC-10A Extender, 514th Air Mobility Wing, May 25, 2005, for an aerial refueling mission somewhere over New Jersey.KC-10 Extender: A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, 305th Air Mobility Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., approaches a KC-10A Extender, 514th Air Mobility Wing, May 25, 2005, for an aerial refueling mission somewhere over New Jersey.

Background

A modified Boeing Company DC-10, the KC-10A entered service in 1981. Although it retains 88 percent systems commonality with the DC-10, it has additional systems and equipment necessary for its Air Force mission. These additions include military avionics; aerial refueling boom and aerial refueling hose and drogue; seated aerial refueling operator station; and aerial refueling receptacle and satellite communications.

Twenty KC-10 were modified to add wing-mounted pods to further enhance aerial refueling capabilities. Ongoing modifications include the addition of communications, navigation and surveillance equipment to meet future civil air traffic control needs, and the incorporation of service bulletins to maintain Federal Aviation Administration certification.

The KC-10A is operated by the 305th Air Mobility Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.; and the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif. Air Force Reserve Associate units are assigned to the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis, and the 514th Air Mobility Wing at McGuire.

During operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991, the KC-10 fleet provided in-flight refueling to aircraft from the U.S. armed forces as well as those of other coalition forces. In the early stages of Operation Desert Shield, in-flight refueling was key to the rapid airlift of materiel and forces. In addition to refueling airlift aircraft, the KC-10, along with the smaller KC-135, moved thousands of tons of cargo and thousands of troops in support of the massive Persian Gulf buildup. The KC-10 and the KC-135 conducted about 51,700 separate refueling operations and delivered 125 million gallons (475 million liters) of fuel without missing a single scheduled rendezvous.

In March 1999, a NATO air campaign, dubbed Operation Allied Force, was launched against the government of Yugoslavia over the Yugoslavia. The mobility portion of the operation began in February and was heavily tanker dependent. By early May 1999, some 150 KC-10s and KC-135s deployed to Europe where they refueled bombers, fighters and support aircraft engaged in the conflict. The KC-10 flew 409 missions throughout the entire Allied Force campaign and continued support operations in Kosovo.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, KC-10s have played a prominent role in the on-going Global War on Terrorism. The KC-10 has flown more than 350 missions guarding U.S. skies as a part of Operation Noble Eagle. During operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, KC-10s have flown more than 1,390 missions delivering critical air refueling support to numerous joint and coalition receiver aircraft.

KC-10 Extender: U.S. Air Force Maj. Argyle, left, a KC-10 aircraft commander, and Capt. Capodicasa, a KC-10 pilot from the 78th Air Refueling Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., fly over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex at Eielson AFB, Alaska.KC-10 Extender: U.S. Air Force Maj. Argyle, left, a KC-10 aircraft commander, and Capt. Capodicasa, a KC-10 pilot from the 78th Air Refueling Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., fly over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex at Eielson AFB, Alaska.

General Characteristics

Primary Function: Aerial tanker and transport

Contractor: The Boeing Company

Power Plant: Three General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofans

Thrust: 52,500 pounds (23,625 kilograms), each engine

Length: 181 feet, 7 inches (54.4 meters)

Height: 58 feet, 1 inch (17.4 meters)

Wingspan: 165 feet, 4.5 inches (50 meters)

Speed: 619 mph (Mach 0.825)

Ceiling: 42,000 feet (12,727 meters)

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 590,000 pounds (265,500 kilograms)

Range: 4,400 miles (3,800 nautical miles) with cargo; 11,500 miles (10,000 nautical miles) without cargo

Maximum Cargo Payload: 170,000 pounds (76,560 kilograms)

Pallet Positions: 27

Maximum Fuel Load: 356,000 pounds (160,200 kilograms)

Crew: Four (pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer and boom operator) Certain missions may require additional crew members. In aeromedical evacuation missions, a basic crew of five (two flight nurses and three medical technicians) is added. Medical crew may be altered as required.

Unit Cost: $88.4 million (fiscal 1998 constant dollars)

Date Deployed: March 1981

Inventory: Active force, 59; ANG, 0; Reserve, 0

Source: USAF

Detailed background:

Source: wikipedia.org

The KC-10 Extender is an air-to-air tanker aircraft in service with the United States Air Force derived from the civilian DC-10-30 airliner. The KC-10 was the second consecutive McDonnell Douglas transport aircraft to be selected by the US Air Force following the C-9 Nightingale.

Design and development

Beginning with the Vietnam War doubts began to be raised about the ability of the 700+ strong KC-135 fleet to meet the needs of the United States’ global commitments. The air-refueling fleet was deployed to South-East Asia in support of tactical aircraft and strategic bombers, while maintaining the US-based support of the nuclear bomber fleet. As a result, studies began into the feasibility of acquiring an air-to-air tanker with a greater capability than the KC-135 fleet, but did not progress well due to lack of funding.

The 1973 Yom Kippur War and the US Operation Nickel Grass demonstrated the necessity of adequate air-refueling capabilities. Denied landing rights in Europe, USAF C-5 Galaxies were forced to carry a fraction of their maximum payload on direct flights from the continental United States to Israel. As a result C-5 crews were soon trained in aerial-refueling and the Department of Defense concluded that a more advanced tanker was needed.

In 1975, under the "Advance Tanker Cargo Aircraft" program, four aircraft were evaluated: the C-5 itself, the Boeing 747, the McDonnell Douglas DC-10, and the Lockheed L-1011. The U.S Air Force selected McDonnell Douglas's DC-10 over Boeing's 747 in December 1977.

The design for the KC-10 involved only modifications from the DC-10-30CF design. The major changes were the addition of a boom control station in the rear of the fuselage and extra fuel tanks below the main deck. The KC-10 has both a centerline refueling boom and a drogue/hose system on the right side of the rear fuselage. The KC-10 fleet was later modified to add wing-mounted pods for added refueling locations.

KC-10 Extender: 1980s -- The KC-10 Extender entered service in 1981. (U.S. Air Force photo)KC-10 Extender: 1980s -- The KC-10 Extender entered service in 1981. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The KC-10 first flew on July 12, 1980. Early aircraft featured a paint scheme with light gray on the airplane's belly and white on the upper portion. A gray-green camouflage scheme was used on later tankers. Aircraft have since been switched to a medium gray color. The KC-10 boom operator is located in the rear of the airplane with wide window for monitoring refueling. The operator controls refueling operations through a digital, fly-by wire system.KDC-10

A need for new transport aircraft for the Royal Netherlands Air Force was first identified in 1984. In 1991 four categories of transport requirements were established. Category A required a large cargo aircraft with a range of at least 4500 km and the capability to refuel F-16s. In 1992, 2 DC-10-30CFs were acquired from Martinair in a buy/leaseback contract. When one of the bought aircraft was lost in the Martinair Flight 495 crash, a third aircraft was bought from Martinair.

The conversion was handled via the United States foreign military sales program, which in turn contracted McDonnell Douglas, the designer of both the DC-10 and the KC-10 tanker. Costs for the conversion were initially estimated at $89.5 million (FY 1994). The aircraft was to be equipped with both a boom and a probe and drogue system. However, because McDonnell Douglas did not have any experience with the requested Remote Aerial Refueling Operator (RARO) system, and because the third aircraft differed from the original two, the program could not be completed at budget. By omitting the probe and drogue system and a fixed partition wall between the cargo and passenger, the cost could be limited at $96 million. To make up for the cost increase McDonnell Douglas hired Dutch companies to do part of the work. The actual converting of the aircraft for instance was done by KLM. Conversion of the aircraft was done from October 1994 to September 1995 for the first aircraft and from February to December 1995 for the second. This was much longer than planned, mostly because McDonnell Douglas did not deliver the parts in time. This would have again increased the cost, but in the contract for the AH-64 Apaches which the Royal Netherlands Air Force also bought from McDonnell Douglas, the price was agreed to be kept at $96 million.

Operational history

United States

A KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base, CA, refuels an F/A-22 Raptor (later redesignated F-22 Raptor).

The KC-10 was delivered to the USAF Strategic Air Command (SAC) (then in control of AAR assets) from 1981 to 1987. SAC had KC-10 Extenders in service from 1981-92, when they were re-assigned to the newly established Air Mobility Command.

In the AAR role, the KC-10s have operated largely in the strategic refueling of large number of tactical aircraft on ferry flights and the refueling of other strategic transport aircraft. Conversely, the KC-135 fleet has operated largely in the in-theatre tactical role.

When faced with refusals of basing and overflight rights from continental European countries during Operation El Dorado Canyon, the U.S. was forced to use the UK-based F-111s in the 1986 air-strikes against Libya. The KC-10s allowed 29 F-111s to reach their targets.

The KC-10 fleet facilitated the deployment of tactical, strategic, and transport aircraft to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield.

There are 59 KC-10 Extenders currently in service. The KC-10 has a significantly larger fuel capacity than the Air Force's other tanker plane, the KC-135, which has over 500 in service. The USAF's KC-10s are stationed primarily at Travis AFB, California and McGuire AFB, New Jersey.

The KC-10 is currently the world's longest-ranged production aircraft (because the payload tanks are interconnected with the fuel source), surpassing even the Boeing 777-200LR, the longest-range commercial aircraft.

A significant feature of the KC-10 is that in addition to the USAF refueling boom, it also has a separate hose and drogue system used by the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and most NATO allied aircraft. This gives the KC-10 the ability to refuel USAF, USN, USMC and other NATO aircraft, all in the same mission.

The Netherlands

The two Dutch KDC-10s, T-264 "Prins Bernard" and T-235 "Jan Scheffer", are used for both refueling and transport. They are stationed on Eindhoven Airport as part of the 334th Transport Squadron. Of the 5500 hours flown in the first 3 years of use, the aircraft were used in their tanker role for 50% of the time. Besides being used for the air force and allies, the KDC-10s are also used to support peacekeeping and humanitarian aid operations. Of the first 3 years, 32% of the flight hours were used for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid.

In this function, the aircraft have been deployed to Kosovo to evacuate refugees, to the Caribbean and Central America to provide humanitarian aid after the hurricanes Luis, Georges and Mitch and to various countries in Africa and Asia to provide development aid. In 1998, the aircraft were also used to evacuate Dutch citizens from Indonesia during the Fall of Suharto.

Also, commercial refueling companies Omega Air and Global Air Tanker Service operates two KDC-10 tankers for lease (N852V and N974VV). Unlike the Dutch KDC-10s however, they were converted from DC-10-40s and do provide probe and drogue refueling capabilities.

Incidents

On September 17, 1987 aircraft tail number 82-0190 was lost after an explosion and subsequent fire. The tanker was undergoing maintenance on the ground at Barksdale AFB, LA. One member of the ground crew died in the fire.

More photos:

KC-10 Extender: A KC-10A Extender aircraft approaches the refueling boom of an Extender aircraft from the 77th Aerial Refueling Squadron during a training flight out of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.KC-10 Extender: A KC-10A Extender aircraft approaches the refueling boom of an Extender aircraft from the 77th Aerial Refueling Squadron during a training flight out of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

KC-10 Extender: During the B-2's fifth test flight it is being refueled by a KC-10. The flight lasted one hour and seventeen minutes. Northrop chief test pilot Bruce Hinds and AIr Force Lt. Col. John Small of the B-2 Combined Test Force were at the controls. The test flights were designed to expand the flight envelope, demonstrate the handling qualities of the aircraft while flying in the air refueling position and validate the proper fuction of the aircraft' s subsystems.KC-10 Extender: During the B-2's fifth test flight it is being refueled by a KC-10. The flight lasted one hour and seventeen minutes. Northrop chief test pilot Bruce Hinds and AIr Force Lt. Col. John Small of the B-2 Combined Test Force were at the controls. The test flights were designed to expand the flight envelope, demonstrate the handling qualities of the aircraft while flying in the air refueling position and validate the proper fuction of the aircraft' s subsystems.

KC-10 Extender: F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 169th Tactical Fighter Group, South Carolina Air National Guard, fly near a KC-10A Extender aircraft as they prepare for refueling. The F-16s, armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, display the new "South Carolina" tail marking.KC-10 Extender: F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 169th Tactical Fighter Group, South Carolina Air National Guard, fly near a KC-10A Extender aircraft as they prepare for refueling. The F-16s, armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, display the new "South Carolina" tail marking.

KC-10 Extender: A view of the cockpit of a KC-10A Extender aircraft during take-off. The aircraft is being used during exercise Ocean Venture '82.KC-10 Extender: A view of the cockpit of a KC-10A Extender aircraft during take-off. The aircraft is being used during exercise Ocean Venture '82.

KC-10 Extender: Maj. Ernest Felts, pilot and chief of training, Headquarters, Strategic Air Command, flies a 6th air Refueling Squadron KC-10A Extender aircraft into position to be refueled by a 190th Air Refueling Group KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.KC-10 Extender: Maj. Ernest Felts, pilot and chief of training, Headquarters, Strategic Air Command, flies a 6th air Refueling Squadron KC-10A Extender aircraft into position to be refueled by a 190th Air Refueling Group KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.

KC-10 Extender: A KC-10A Extender aircraft takes off from a base near Jeddah on its return flight to the United States following deployment during Operation Desert Storm.KC-10 Extender: A KC-10A Extender aircraft takes off from a base near Jeddah on its return flight to the United States following deployment during Operation Desert Storm.

KC-10 Extender: A KC-10A Extender aircraft takes off in the rain as it deploys to Saudi Arabia during Operation DESERT SHIELD.KC-10 Extender: A KC-10A Extender aircraft takes off in the rain as it deploys to Saudi Arabia during Operation DESERT SHIELD.

KC-10 Extender: Interior view of the cockpit of a KC-10A Extender aircraft; from the 678th Air Defense Group, refueling an F-111 aircraft during exercise Ocean Venture '82.KC-10 Extender: Interior view of the cockpit of a KC-10A Extender aircraft; from the 678th Air Defense Group, refueling an F-111 aircraft during exercise Ocean Venture '82.

KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air right underside view of a KC-10 Extender tanker aircraft as it refuels an F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, during Operation Ocean Venture.KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air right underside view of a KC-10 Extender tanker aircraft as it refuels an F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, during Operation Ocean Venture.

KC-10 Extender: Air to air front view of USAF's Air Mobility Command, KC-10 Extender aerial refueling aircraft 22nd Air Refueling Wing, March Air Force Base, California with California's Mt. Shasta in the background. Exact Date Shot UnknownKC-10 Extender: Air to air front view of USAF's Air Mobility Command, KC-10 Extender aerial refueling aircraft 22nd Air Refueling Wing, March Air Force Base, California with California's Mt. Shasta in the background. Exact Date Shot Unknown

KC-10 Extender: Air to air top view of an USAF's Air Mobility Command, C-141B Starlifter transport aircraft moving into refueling position behind a KC-10 Extender refueling aircraft. Exact Date Shot UnknownKC-10 Extender: Air to air top view of an USAF's Air Mobility Command, C-141B Starlifter transport aircraft moving into refueling position behind a KC-10 Extender refueling aircraft. Exact Date Shot Unknown

KC-10 Extender: A KC-10A Extender, aircraft and an SR-71 aircraft are silhouetted by the setting sun during in-flight refueling operations.KC-10 Extender: A KC-10A Extender, aircraft and an SR-71 aircraft are silhouetted by the setting sun during in-flight refueling operations.

KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft flying in formation with five F-15 Eagle aircraft during Exercise William Tell. The KC-10A's refueling boom is extended for the refueling of one the F-15 aircraft.KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft flying in formation with five F-15 Eagle aircraft during Exercise William Tell. The KC-10A's refueling boom is extended for the refueling of one the F-15 aircraft.

KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air left rear view of a U.S. Air Force KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling a U.S. Navy KA-6D Intruder aircraft during the multi-national Exercise Bright Star '83.KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air left rear view of a U.S. Air Force KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling a U.S. Navy KA-6D Intruder aircraft during the multi-national Exercise Bright Star '83.

KC-10 Extender: A view from the cockpit of a US Navy KA-6 Intruder aircraft as it approaches the refueling drogue of a US Air Force KC-10A Extender aircraft. The aircraft are participating in the multi-national Exercise BRIGHT STAR '83.KC-10 Extender: A view from the cockpit of a US Navy KA-6 Intruder aircraft as it approaches the refueling drogue of a US Air Force KC-10A Extender aircraft. The aircraft are participating in the multi-national Exercise BRIGHT STAR '83.

KC-10 Extender: An underside view of an Air Force KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling a KA-6D Intruder aircraft of Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) during exercise Bright Star '83.KC-10 Extender: An underside view of an Air Force KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling a KA-6D Intruder aircraft of Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65) during exercise Bright Star '83.

KC-10 Extender: Ground-to-air rear view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft during Operation Deep Freeze.KC-10 Extender: Ground-to-air rear view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft during Operation Deep Freeze.

KC-10 Extender: A left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft in flight during Operation Deep Freeze.KC-10 Extender: A left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft in flight during Operation Deep Freeze.

KC-10 Extender: A left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft and a rear view of five F-15 Eagle aircraft on the flight line during William Tell Exercise.KC-10 Extender: A left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft and a rear view of five F-15 Eagle aircraft on the flight line during William Tell Exercise.

KC-10 Extender: Air-to-air left side view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft being refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft. Another A-10 is in the background. The A-10s are from the 47th Tactical Fighter Squadron (Air Force Reserve).KC-10 Extender: Air-to-air left side view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft being refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft. Another A-10 is in the background. The A-10s are from the 47th Tactical Fighter Squadron (Air Force Reserve).

KC-10 Extender: Air-to-air right side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft (left) being refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft. The F-4 is from the 47th Tactical Fighter Squadron (Air Force Reserve).KC-10 Extender: Air-to-air right side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft (left) being refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft. The F-4 is from the 47th Tactical Fighter Squadron (Air Force Reserve).

KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air right side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft being refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft. Three other F-4s are visible.KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air right side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft being refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft. Three other F-4s are visible.

KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air right side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft from the 457th Tactical Fighter Squadron (Air Force Reserve) being refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft (right).KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air right side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft from the 457th Tactical Fighter Squadron (Air Force Reserve) being refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft (right).

KC-10 Extender: A view from the cockpit of a US Navy A-6 Intruder aircraft as it refuels from a US Air Force KC-10A Extender aircraft. The aircraft are participating in the multi-national Exercise BRIGHT STAR '83.KC-10 Extender: A view from the cockpit of a US Navy A-6 Intruder aircraft as it refuels from a US Air Force KC-10A Extender aircraft. The aircraft are participating in the multi-national Exercise BRIGHT STAR '83.

KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air left side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft from the 78th Air Refueling Squadron (AFRES) refueling an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 917th Tactical Fighter Group (AFRES). Another A-10 waits its turn in the background.KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air left side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft from the 78th Air Refueling Squadron (AFRES) refueling an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 917th Tactical Fighter Group (AFRES). Another A-10 waits its turn in the background.

KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling an F-4 Phantom II aircraft during a tactical large force employment exercise. The KC-10 is assigned to the 9th Air Refueling Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California, and the F-4 is from the 36th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, Korea.KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling an F-4 Phantom II aircraft during a tactical large force employment exercise. The KC-10 is assigned to the 9th Air Refueling Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California, and the F-4 is from the 36th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, Korea.

KC-10 Extender: The crew of a KC-10 Extender aircraft from the 9th Air Refueling Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California, during a tactical large force employment exercise.KC-10 Extender: The crew of a KC-10 Extender aircraft from the 9th Air Refueling Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California, during a tactical large force employment exercise.

KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air rear view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft in use during a tactical large force employment exercise. It is assigned to the 9th Air Refueling Squadron.KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air rear view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft in use during a tactical large force employment exercise. It is assigned to the 9th Air Refueling Squadron.

KC-10 Extender: Rear view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, in use during a tactical large force employment exercise. In the background is a KC-135 refueling aircraft.KC-10 Extender: Rear view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, in use during a tactical large force employment exercise. In the background is a KC-135 refueling aircraft.

KC-10 Extender: An air to air front view of a camouflaged KC-10A Extender aircraft from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing.KC-10 Extender: An air to air front view of a camouflaged KC-10A Extender aircraft from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing.

KC-10 Extender: The pilot of a KC-10A Extender aircraft guides his aircraft into position underneath another KC-10A during a refueling exercise.KC-10 Extender: The pilot of a KC-10A Extender aircraft guides his aircraft into position underneath another KC-10A during a refueling exercise.

KC-10 Extender: An air to air view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft, assigned to the 15th Air Force, March Air Force Base, California, with a new camouflage paint scheme.KC-10 Extender: An air to air view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft, assigned to the 15th Air Force, March Air Force Base, California, with a new camouflage paint scheme.

KC-10 Extender: A US Air Force KC-10A Extender aircraft painted with a less consicious dark paint scheme stands next to an earlier model, left, with the original paint design.KC-10 Extender: A US Air Force KC-10A Extender aircraft painted with a less consicious dark paint scheme stands next to an earlier model, left, with the original paint design.

KC-10 Extender: An aerial view of six F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing and a KC-10A Extender aircraft parked on the apron. The aircraft will be participating in Exercise WILLIAM TELL '84 at Tydall Air Force Base, Florida.KC-10 Extender: An aerial view of six F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing and a KC-10A Extender aircraft parked on the apron. The aircraft will be participating in Exercise WILLIAM TELL '84 at Tydall Air Force Base, Florida.

KC-10 Extender: Right front view of two KC-10 Extender aircraft receiving maintenance checks. The KC-10s are being used for in flight refueling and transporting of supplies during PITCH BLACK 84, a joint US, Australian and New Zealand exercise.KC-10 Extender: Right front view of two KC-10 Extender aircraft receiving maintenance checks. The KC-10s are being used for in flight refueling and transporting of supplies during PITCH BLACK 84, a joint US, Australian and New Zealand exercise.

KC-10 Extender: Artwork: "AF Reserve And The KC-10, 452nd AREFW, March AFB, CA" Artist: Craig Kodera, USAF Art CollectionKC-10 Extender: Artwork: "AF Reserve And The KC-10, 452nd AREFW, March AFB, CA" Artist: Craig Kodera, USAF Art Collection

KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft during Exercise Cope Canine '85.KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft during Exercise Cope Canine '85.

KC-10 Extender: A view of an E-3B Sentry aircraft refueling from a KC-10A Extender aircraft during Exercise Brim Frost '85, as seen from the boom operator's station.KC-10 Extender: A view of an E-3B Sentry aircraft refueling from a KC-10A Extender aircraft during Exercise Brim Frost '85, as seen from the boom operator's station.

KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling a C-5 Galaxy aircraft over the Sierra Nevada Mountains.KC-10 Extender: An air-to-air right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling a C-5 Galaxy aircraft over the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

KC-10 Extender: LCOL Stephen Toles, pilot and CPT James Bouska, co-pilot at the controls of a March AFB, CA, 22nd Air Refueling Wing (SAC) KC-10 refueling aircraft. In the foreground MSGT Robert Pakney, engineer, after they completed a refueling a C-141 Starlifter returning from a paradrop mission to the Deep Freeze personnel who spend the winter darkness at McMurdo Base and South Pole station. Exact Date Shot UnknownKC-10 Extender: LCOL Stephen Toles, pilot and CPT James Bouska, co-pilot at the controls of a March AFB, CA, 22nd Air Refueling Wing (SAC) KC-10 refueling aircraft. In the foreground MSGT Robert Pakney, engineer, after they completed a refueling a C-141 Starlifter returning from a paradrop mission to the Deep Freeze personnel who spend the winter darkness at McMurdo Base and South Pole station. Exact Date Shot Unknown

KC-10 Extender: A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-10A Extender aircraft as it refuels a 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-10A Extender.KC-10 Extender: A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-10A Extender aircraft as it refuels a 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-10A Extender.

KC-10 Extender: A KC-10A Extender aircraft lands during the multinational joint service Exercise BRIGHT STAR '85.KC-10 Extender: A KC-10A Extender aircraft lands during the multinational joint service Exercise BRIGHT STAR '85.

KC-10 Extender: A March AFB, CA, 22nd Air Refueling Wing (SAC) KC-10 refueling aircraft flies into the Antarctic sun. It just completed refueling a C-141 Starlifter returning from a paradrop mission to the Deep Freeze personnel who spend the winter darkness at McMurdo Base and South Pole station. Exact Date Shot UnknownKC-10 Extender: A March AFB, CA, 22nd Air Refueling Wing (SAC) KC-10 refueling aircraft flies into the Antarctic sun. It just completed refueling a C-141 Starlifter returning from a paradrop mission to the Deep Freeze personnel who spend the winter darkness at McMurdo Base and South Pole station. Exact Date Shot Unknown

KC-10 Extender: An air to air rear underside view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft. The aircraft's refueling boom is extended.KC-10 Extender: An air to air rear underside view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft. The aircraft's refueling boom is extended.

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