The Nose of a KC-10 Extender
The Nose of a KC-10 Extender at Mather Airport, CA
The McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender is the military version of the three-engined DC-10 airliner for the USAF. The KC-10 incorporates military-specific equipment for its primary roles of transport and aerial refueling. It was developed to supplement the KC-135 Stratotanker following experiences in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The KC-10 was the second McDonnell Douglas transport aircraft to be selected by the Air Force following the C-9. A total of 60 KC-10s were produced for the USAF. Two similar tankers were sold to the Royal Netherlands Air Force under the designation KDC-10.
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