Out soon: DC-10 RNLAF T-255 07092011
Despite just having received a costly cockpit upgrade, even before the two Dutch KDC-10 tanker transports are upgraded, the sole McDonnell Douglas DC-10 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) will soon be sold, according to recent budget plans. The aircraft was intended to become a KDC-10 for a combined passenger/cargo/tanker role. But already the plans to strengthen the floor for cargo transport had fallen through due to budgetary restraints. The aircraft was also never equipped with a tailboom for the tanker role, like the two KDC-10s currently in use with the RNLAF. This photo of T-255 was taken on 7 September 2011 at Eindhoven air base in The Netherlands (EHEH). The aircraft, McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30CF c/n 46987 l/n 255, made its first flight on 13 June 1978 and first went to World Airways as N105WA on 4 August 1978. It was acquired by United Airways on 1 June 1985 and then became N1858U. The Dutch Air Force bought the aircraft on 29 October 2004. Unlike the two KDC-10s, T-255 has no name.
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