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KC-10A Extender

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. Although the KC-10'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.
KC-10A Extender Copyright © Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway, U.S. Air Force

Status

In active service

Contractor

Primary contractor: Boeing

Crew

1 Pilot
1 Co-Pilot
1 Flight Engineer
1 Boom Operator

Capacity

17 - 27 pallet positions
75 passengers (17 pallet configuration)
77 110,76 kilograms of cargo 170 000 pounds of cargo
- OR -
161 479 kilograms of transfer fuel load 356 000 pounds of transfer fuel load

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 55.35 meters 181.58 feet
Wingspan: 50.41 meters 165.38 feet
Height: 17.7 meters 58.8 feet
Weight
Maximum takeoff weight: ~267 620 kilograms 590 000 pounds
Features
Power plant: three General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofans
Thrust: ~23 814 kilograms (each engine) 52 500 pounds (each engine)
Speed: 538 knots - Mach 0.825 (~1 000 kilometers per hour) (~619 miles per hour)
Ceiling: ~12 800 meters 42 000 feet
Range (with cargo): 3 800 nautical miles (~7 040 kilometers) (~4 370 miles)
Ferry range: 10 000 nautical miles (~18 520 kilometers) (~11 500 miles)