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US Air Force begins decommissioning KC-10 Extender tanker aircraft

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US Air Force begins decommissioning KC-10 Extender tanker aircraft

The US Air Force has begun decommissioning the KC-10 Extender tanker aircraft, which are gradually being replaced by the new KC-46 Pegasus tankers. As NPlus1 reports with reference to Air Force Magazine, on July 13, 2020, the Air Force command decommissioned the first KC-10 Extender.


According to the report, the first decommissioned KS-10 tanker served 33 years, having flown more than 33 thousand hours during this time. According to official information, this aircraft, numbered 860036, has refueled about 125 different aircraft in the air during its service.

After a decommissioning ceremony at an airbase in New Jersey, the decommissioned aircraft was sent to Arizona to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Repair Group (AMARG) site, better known as the "aircraft graveyard."

According to the US Air Force Command, a total of 59 KS-10 Extender aircraft are planned to be decommissioned. The decommissioned aircraft will not be transferred to third countries, all of them will be sent to Arizona, where some of them will be mothballed, and the rest will be taken apart for parts for the first.

The Extender fuel-refueling aircraft was developed in the late 70s of the 20th century on the basis of the DC-10 passenger aircraft. Introduced into service in 1981. The aircraft is 55,4 meters long, has a wingspan of 50,4 meters and a height of 17,7 meters. The flight speed is 866 km / h, the flight range is up to 7,1 thousand km. Max. takeoff weight - 268,9 tons. The KC-10 is capable of carrying up to 165,5 tons of fuel.
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  1. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 21 July 2020 15: 51 New
    +9
    The first decommissioned tanker flew for 33 years, 1000 hours a year, and managed to refuel about 125 aircraft. Beauty! He refueled about 4 planes every hour. And so 33 years))) The "cow" had a rich life
    1. NF68
      NF68 21 July 2020 15: 56 New
      -2
      Quote: stock buildbat
      The first decommissioned tanker flew for 33 years, 1000 hours a year, and managed to refuel about 125 aircraft. Beauty! He refueled about 4 planes every hour. And so 33 years))) The "cow" had a rich life


      33 years x 365 days x 24 hours x4 aircraft refueled within an hour - somehow it is impossible to have 4 aircraft refueled every hour.
      1. Grazdanin
        Grazdanin 21 July 2020 15: 59 New
        +1
        125000 hours were divided into 33000 aircraft.
        1. NF68
          NF68 21 July 2020 16: 04 New
          +3
          Quote: Grazdanin
          125000 hours were divided into 33000 aircraft.


          During takeoff and landing, he obviously could not refuel anyone. And he did not refuel immediately after takeoff or before landing. Here, as it were, 7-8 or even more planes per hour did not refuel.
        2. Nastia makarova
          Nastia makarova 21 July 2020 16: 05 New
          -11
          absolutely chtoli)))) what 33 thousand planes)))) it is written that 125 planes in 33 years refueled
          1. Grazdanin
            Grazdanin 21 July 2020 16: 08 New
            +1
            Well done, noticed a typo, put a plus sign in your diary.
            1. Nastia makarova
              Nastia makarova 21 July 2020 16: 19 New
              -4
              well thanks, I'll put this plus sign in a frame
          2. NF68
            NF68 21 July 2020 16: 46 New
            +2
            Quote: Nastia Makarova
            According to the report, the first decommissioned KS-10 tanker served 33 years, having flown more than 33 thousand hours during this time. According to official information, this aircraft, numbered 860036, has refueled about 125 different aircraft in the air during its service.


            According to the report, the first decommissioned KS-10 tanker served 33 years, having flown more than 33 thousand hours during this time. According to official information, this aircraft, numbered 860036, has refueled about 125 different aircraft in the air during its service.
    2. Mavrikiy
      Mavrikiy 21 July 2020 17: 44 New
      +1
      Stroybat set the tone, I will try, although I was not a specialist and was not interested in aviation:
      served 33 years, having flown over 33 thousand hours during this time. According to official information, this aircraft, numbered 860036, has refueled about 125 different aircraft in the air during its service.
      125 pieces / 000 years = 33 pieces / year. Yes, in 3788 hours almost 1000 pieces. planes refueled. 4 pcs / hour Well, pumps work wonders, and most likely pressurization. Well, if it pulls 000 tons of fuel, then it can refuel 4 aircraft during the flight. request
      1. NF68
        NF68 21 July 2020 18: 42 New
        0
        Quote: Mavrikiy
        Stroybat set the tone, I will try, although I was not a specialist and was not interested in aviation:
        served 33 years, having flown over 33 thousand hours during this time. According to official information, this aircraft, numbered 860036, has refueled about 125 different aircraft in the air during its service.
        125 pieces / 000 years = 33 pieces / year. Yes, in 3788 hours almost 1000 pieces. planes refueled. 4 pcs / hour Well, pumps work wonders, and most likely pressurization. Well, if it pulls 000 tons of fuel, then it can refuel 4 aircraft during the flight. request


        Fighters refuel clearly faster than larger aircraft, which require much more kerosene. In addition, the tanker plane is always higher than the plane it is refueling. Maybe the pumps are not too stressed when pumping kerosene into the aircraft being refueled.
        1. Mavrikiy
          Mavrikiy 21 July 2020 19: 13 New
          0
          Quote: NF68
          In addition, the tanker plane is always higher than the plane it is refueling. Maybe the pumps are not too stressed

          hi Gravity? disagree, weak pressure. Rather, the tanks are pressurized by an oncoming stream. The pumps are good, but the cavitation request
          1. mehan
            mehan 21 July 2020 20: 54 New
            -1
            Do you think that aircraft tanks are the same as in a car? Tin containers?
            Alas, it is not.
          2. NF68
            NF68 22 July 2020 15: 57 New
            0
            Quote: Mavrikiy
            Quote: NF68
            In addition, the tanker plane is always higher than the plane it is refueling. Maybe the pumps are not too stressed

            hi Gravity? disagree, weak pressure. Rather, the tanks are pressurized by an oncoming stream. The pumps are good, but the cavitation request


            Most likely, the pumps are still working. This allows you to more accurately control the amount transferred to the aircraft being refueled. A powerful pump is not needed here.
    3. Piramidon
      Piramidon 21 July 2020 18: 06 New
      +1
      Quote: Stroibat stock
      The first decommissioned tanker flew 33 years, 1000 hours per year

      Fuck! What is his assigned resource?
  2. Jack O'Neill
    Jack O'Neill 21 July 2020 15: 55 New
    -1
    The veteran has served the country well!
  3. Galleon
    Galleon 21 July 2020 16: 00 New
    +8
    Great is the country of America, there is where to put the decommissioned
    1. Nastia makarova
      Nastia makarova 21 July 2020 16: 07 New
      -3
      as it is not economical))) not to be melted down and used again. Why keep such a cemetery, how many percent of this can be exploited again?
      1. Galleon
        Galleon 21 July 2020 16: 13 New
        +5
        Just economically, Nastya. Ha, you should have seen the coast of our Far East - how much scrap metal is lying around in the form of ship skeletons. Not every steamer will make it to the cutting at Alang. Airplanes are still placed neatly, they don't just leave them.
        1. Grazdanin
          Grazdanin 21 July 2020 16: 20 New
          +6
          Quote: Galleon
          Airplanes are still placed neatly, they don't just leave them.

          They stand there for conservation, can be used as donors of spare parts or be restored if necessary.
          1. Nastia makarova
            Nastia makarova 21 July 2020 16: 25 New
            -2
            okay if you can conserve recently decommissioned but very ancient for what? planes of the second world and 50 years?
            1. Grazdanin
              Grazdanin 21 July 2020 16: 29 New
              +1
              Quote: Nastia Makarova
              very ancient for what? WWII aircraft

              Collectors will buy.
              Quote: Nastia Makarova
              50 years old?

              Tu 95 First flight November 12, 1952
              B-52 First flight April 15, 1952
            2. Piramidon
              Piramidon 21 July 2020 18: 17 New
              0
              Quote: Nastia Makarova
              okay if you can conserve recently decommissioned but very ancient for what? planes of the second world and 50 years?

              Where did you see the planes of the 2nd World War? And the aircraft developed in the 50-60s are in service with us.
          2. Galleon
            Galleon 21 July 2020 16: 32 New
            0
            Donors of thirty years old spare parts for whom? It is possible that for some time they will be considered for conservation if conservation measures were carried out on them after placing at this parking lot. In these parking lots the planes are in different degrees for takeoff. The F-16s may still fly, but the Phantoms - where should they fly? Type in "airplane graveyard in Arizona" in Yandex - see for yourself.
            1. Grazdanin
              Grazdanin 21 July 2020 16: 39 New
              +4
              https://topwar.ru/20882-aviabaza-devis-monten-vzlet-razreshayu.html
              Read a good article. 30 years normal service life. There are planes that other countries will not write off for the next 10-20 years.
              1. Galleon
                Galleon 21 July 2020 16: 40 New
                +1
                Thanks for the link.
        2. Nastia makarova
          Nastia makarova 21 July 2020 16: 23 New
          -3
          I agree that it is easier to throw ships ashore than to cut them, but there the metal is just iron and here, after all, there are various technological alloys, and probably only Indians cut
          1. Galleon
            Galleon 21 July 2020 16: 36 New
            0
            Quote: Nastia Makarova
            probably only Indians cut

            More Chittagong, Bangladesh. The coast is comfortable and a lot of poor people for penny heavy work.
            1. Grazdanin
              Grazdanin 21 July 2020 17: 11 New
              +1
              https://topwar.ru/62361-sostav-neaktivnogo-flota-ssha.html

              How they deal with ships.

      2. Garm
        Garm 21 July 2020 16: 14 New
        +6
        The climate there is unique, almost everything can be revived.
        1. Nastia makarova
          Nastia makarova 21 July 2020 16: 24 New
          -3
          to revive the planes of the Second World War? there is a lot of ancient
      3. Grazdanin
        Grazdanin 21 July 2020 16: 25 New
        +7
        The fleet of equipment at the base is divided into 4 categories:

        Long-term conservation (potentially combat-ready equipment)
        Short-term conservation (potentially combat-ready equipment)
        Aircraft - spare parts donors (gradually disassembled, incapable of combat)
        Appliances for sale
        According to the data on the official website, for every dollar spent on the maintenance of the 309th group, the base earns $ 11 by selling parts and remanufactured aircraft.
        https://ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Девис-Монтен
        1. Nastia makarova
          Nastia makarova 21 July 2020 16: 27 New
          0
          if for sale it's another matter, the Americans will be able to shove someone and, moreover, for a dear
      4. Alexey RA
        Alexey RA 21 July 2020 16: 30 New
        +6
        Quote: Nastia Makarova
        as it is not economical))) not to be melted down and used again.

        Why destroy what you can use?
        Quote: Nastia Makarova
        Why keep such a cemetery, how many percent of this can be exploited again?

        Almost everything that has passed the standard procedure of conservation before storing. The climate there is unique - low humidity and almost complete absence of precipitation. Plus a very hard soil, which allows you not to concrete storage areas.
        There are 4 categories for stored equipment:
        Long-term conservation (potentially combat-ready equipment)
        Short-term conservation (potentially combat-ready equipment)
        Aircraft - spare parts donors (gradually disassembled, incapable of combat)
        Appliances for sale
      5. Piramidon
        Piramidon 21 July 2020 18: 09 New
        +1
        Quote: Nastia Makarova
        as it is not economical))) no to remelt and use again

        The plane cannot be assembled from the fused briquettes. And then a little MOT and forward.
  4. Charik
    Charik 21 July 2020 16: 26 New
    +1
    only yesterday they shouted that they would defeat the Chinese by themselves
  5. NF68
    NF68 21 July 2020 16: 47 New
    +3
    In the United States, most of the country has a dry climate. This is a big plus for long-term storage of equipment.
  6. sg7s
    sg7s 21 July 2020 17: 08 New
    +1
    The "old man" spoiled his nerves at one time, only the door to the outside took away how many lives ... There is probably no ill fame in civil aviation, if only the Tu-104 ...
  7. Old26
    Old26 21 July 2020 21: 28 New
    +2
    Quote: Nastia Makarova
    absolutely chtoli)))) what 33 thousand planes)))) it is written that 125 planes in 33 years refueled

    I don't know how it was originally, but now it is written
    According to the message, the first decommissioned KS-10 tanker served 33 years old, having flown over 33 thousand hours during this time... According to official information, this aircraft, numbered 860036, refueled in the air during its service. about 125 thousand different aircraft.


    Quote: Nastia Makarova
    as it is not economical))) not to be melted down and used again. Why keep such a cemetery, how many percent of this can be exploited again?

    Sufficient. At least if necessary, the Americans can restore the airworthiness of about fifty B-52 and B-1B bombers. Some of the planes in this "cemetery" after the measures taken are generally intended for sale. It all depends on which "zone" he falls into. Depending on this, either conservation, or disposal, or sale (in this case, the sale does not apply to KS-10).
    And besides, it is easier to restore the airworthiness of the same strategist in a couple of months than to saw it, and then assemble a new one for a couple of years ...

    Quote: Piramidon
    Where did you see the planes of the 2nd World War? And the aircraft developed in the 50-60s are in service with us.

    Yet there is a very small number and there are WWII aircraft. But these are just a few. need to look at the site of this airbase. But there seem to be several B-29s.

    Quote: Galleon
    Type "airplane graveyard in Arizona" in Yandex - see for yourself

    It's easier to type the site of the Davis-Montan airbase, and not the "graveyard of planes". The site has all the data. starting from numbers and ending with information, what they are suitable for
    1. Grazdanin
      Grazdanin 21 July 2020 23: 20 New
      +1
      Quote: Old26
      The site has all the data. starting from the numbers and ending with information about what they are suitable for

      Share a link?

      Excursion from VO in 4 parts. An engineer is happy when he sees how carefully they treat technology.
      https://topwar.ru/64835-baza-devis-monteynhranilische-samoletov-ch1-zona-dlitelnogo-hraneniya-i-vosstanovleniya.html
  8. Old26
    Old26 22 July 2020 01: 04 New
    0
    Quote: Grazdanin
    Share a link?

    I'll try. There was a link to this air force base somewhere in the bookmarks. Moreover, indicating the zones, their numbers, which aircraft are located there, when they are placed, their numbers and status. I'll try tomorrow (or rather today) to find ... And this is still a base site, not an article on VO ...