McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender

 

The McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender is an aerial refueling tanker aircraft - the military version of the three-engine DC-10 airliner operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). The KC-10 was developed from the Advanced Tanker Cargo Aircraft Program. It 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 and the need for a tanker with a greater fuel carrying capacity than that of the KC-135. 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 and 59 remain in service today.  The aircraft is expected to serve until around 2043.

Today, these aircraft are based at Travis Air Force Base in California and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.

 

KC-10 Extender Bases

Unit Squadron Active Duty/Reserve Base Callsigns
60th AMW 6th ARS Active Duty Travis AFB, CA GUCCI, ORCA, PRIMO, QUAKE, QUEST, SCARY, XTENDER
60th AMW 9th ARS Active Duty Travis AFB, CA
349th AMW 70th ARS Reserve Travis AFB, CA
349th AMW 79th ARS Reserve Travis AFB, CA
305th AMW 2nd ARS Active Duty Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ DUCE, ETHYL, FIST, FORCE, GHOST, HOIST, MOVER, OPEC, PETRO, TEAM
305th AMW 32nd ARS Active Duty Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ
514th AMW 76th ARS Reserve Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ
514th AMW 78th ARS Reserve Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ

Photos in the slideshow were taken between March and July 2017.  Apologies for the large copyrights in each photo - this is necessary in this day and age where photos are widely stolen and passed along as if they are one's own.