McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender

Air-to-Air Tanker

McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender, United States Air Force, 85-0032, c/n 48237 / © Mike Vallentin
Photo ©: Mike Vallentin
The McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender is a three-engined air-to-air tanker and cargo aircraft produced by the American manufacturer McDonnell Douglas in duty with the Air Mobility Command of the United States Air Force.
The McDonnelll Douglas KC-10 Extender is a military variant of the commercial McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30CF Convertible Freighter. The maximum fuel load is 161.508 kg / 356.064 lb. The maximum cargo payload is 77.110 kg / 170.000 lb.
The variant KDC-10 is a converted civil airliner variant developed for the Royal Dutch Air Force (2 aircraft). A total of 4 KDC-10 was produced/converted. 2 aircraft are in operation with civil operators for refueling service.
Propulsion3 Turbofan Engines
Engine ModelGeneral Electric CF6-50C2
Engine Power (each)240,2 kN54000 lbf
Speed907 km/h490 kts
  564 mph
Service Ceiling12.802 m42.000 ft
Range7.032 km3.797 NM
4.370 mi.
Empty Weight121.199 kg267.198 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight267.860 kg590.530 lbs
Wing Span50,41 m165 ft 5 in
Wing Area367,7 m3958 ft
Length55,50 m182 ft 1 in
Height17,70 m58 ft 1 in
First Flight12.07.1980
Production Statusout of production
Production Range1981-1987
Total Production60
Developed fromMcDonnell Douglas DC-10
Data for (Version)McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender
VariantsKC-10A, KDC-10