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Stunning Images Of The KC-10 Extender

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KC-10 Images Extender
A KC-10 Extender is parked on the ramp as a C-5M Super Galaxy takes off at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Mar. 16, 2017.
Louis Briscese

A McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender is parked on the ramp as a C-5M Super Galaxy takes off at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. These KC-10 Extender images were photographed by military veterans and service members.

KC-10 Extender takes off
A KC-10 Extender launches a a sortie in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 14, 2017. Extenders have provided fuel to multi-national Coalition aircraft in an effort to weaken and destroy Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant operations in the Middle East region and around the world.
Senior Airman Tyler Woodward

A KC-10 Extender launches a a sortie in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

KC-10 Extender aircraft
U.S. Air Force Col. Joel Jackson, Commander, 60th Air mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., arrives from is fini flight which he took on a KC-10 Extender from the 6th Air Refueling Squadron. Col Jackson has been the Commander since February 20, 2015 and will be moving on as the Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, June 17, 2016.
Louis Briscese

U.S. Air Force Col. Joel Jackson, Commander, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., arrives from his final flight which he took on a KC-10 Extender from the 6th Air Refueling Squadron.

KC-10 thundercloud
Pilots of a KC-10, from the 78th Air Refueling Squadron, 514th Air Mobility Wing, experience a phenomenon called St. Elmo fire while flying threw a thundercloud overseas. St. Elmo's fire occurs when the electric field around the aircraft causes ionization of the air molecules, producing a glow, and sparks, easily visible in low-light conditions
Senior Airman Brian Kelly

Pilots of a KC-10, experience a phenomenon called St. Elmo fire while flying threw a thundercloud overseas.

KC-10 Images of Extender refuels
A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender assigned to the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., refuels an F-15 Eagle and an F-16C Fighting Falcon. Both fighters are with the 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, Fresno, Calif., Nov., 7, 2013. The 144th Fighter Wing says "farewell" to the F-16C Fighting Falcon after converting to the F-15 Eagle for the unit's guard mission.
Master Sgt. Roy Santana

A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender assigned to the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., refuels an F-15 Eagle and an F-16C Fighting Falcon.  These KC-10 Extender images were photographed by military veterans and service members.

KC-10 Extender tail
A 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainer completes a KC-10 Extender inspection before launching a sortie in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, March 22, 2017. Extenders have provided fuel to multi-national Coalition aircraft in an effort to weaken and destroy Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant operations in the Middle East region and around the world.
Senior Airman Tyler Woodward

A 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainer completes a KC-10 Extender inspection before launching a sortie in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

KC-10 Extender elephant walk
An "Elephant Walk," comprising 12 KC-10 Extenders and six C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 305th Air Mobility Wing, was held Nov. 21, 2013, as part of a training exercise at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The exercise enabled aircrew, maintenance, command post and operational support personnel to test their ability to launch a mass amount of aircraft in support of real-world operations. An Elephant Walk is a nose-to-tail taxi formation.
Charles Russell

An “Elephant Walk,” comprising of 12 KC-10 Extenders and six C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 305th Air Mobility Wing as part of a training exercise at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

KC-10 Images of Extender in rain
A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender, out of McGuire Air Force Base, takes off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, while supporting operations for the 90th Fighter Squadron, March 28, 2016. The 90th Fighter Squadron deployed personnel, cargo and several F-22 Raptors to Southeast Asia this month to support United States Air Forces Central Command operations. AFCENT’s mission is to deliver decisive air, space, and cyberspace capabilities for United States Central Command in concert with coalition, joint, and interagency partners.
Alejandro Pena

A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender, out of McGuire Air Force Base, takes off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, while supporting operations for the 90th Fighter Squadron. These KC-10 Extender images were photographed by military veterans and service members.

KC-10 Extender sunset
U.S. Air Force maintainers from the 380th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron launch prepare to tow a KC-10 Extender at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Dec. 1, 2010. The KC-10 Extender is an advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. armed forces.
Image Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Eric Harris

U.S. Air Force maintainers from the 380th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare to tow a KC-10 Extender at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

KC10 Extender Plane
An U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender from the 380th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron flies over Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Dec. 9, 2015. OIR is the coalition intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Image Courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb

An U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender from the 380th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron flies over Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

KC-10 Fuel operator
Airman 1st Class Aaron, 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron in-flight refueler, operates the centerline drogue in the rear of a KC-10 Extender over an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Oct. 9, 2016. Aaron is responsible for operating and monitoring aircraft refueling.
Image Courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carwile

Airman 1st Class Aaron, 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron in-flight refueler, operates the centerline drogue in the rear of a KC-10 Extender over an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

KC-10 Aircraft landing
A KC-10 Extender prepares to land at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, June 29, 2016. The aerial refueling tanker led a three-ship formation of F-35B Lightning II's on their inagural journey to the United Kingdom.
Image Courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Jarad Denton

A KC-10 Extender prepares to land at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom. The aerial refueling tanker led a three-ship formation of F-35B Lightning II’s on their inagural journey to the United Kingdom.

KC-10 images Extender airplane
A KC-10 Extender is photographed at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., May 7, 2015. The KC-10 plays a key role in the mobilization of U.S. military assets, taking part in overseas operations far from home. These aircraft performed airlift and aerial refueling during the 1986 bombing of Libya (Operation Eldorado Canyon), the 1990-91 Gulf War with Iraq (Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm), the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia (Operation Allied Force), War in Afghanistan (Operations Enduring Freedom), and Iraq War (Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn). The KC-10 is expected to serve until 2043.
Image Courtesy of Heide Couch

The KC-10 plays a key role in the mobilization of U.S. military assets, taking part in overseas operations far from home. These KC-10 Extender images were photographed by military veterans and service members.

KC-10 Extender refuels aircraft
A Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender over Afghanistan Sept. 7, 2006.
Image Courtesy of United States Department of Defense

A Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender over Afghanistan.

KC10 Extender under
A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender from the 305th Air Mobility Wing takes off after doing a touch-and-go practice landing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Sept. 16, 2016.
Image Courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht

A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender from the 305th Air Mobility Wing takes off after doing a touch-and-go practice landing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

KC-10 images Aircraft
A crew chief maintains contact with the flight crew of a 305th Air Mobility Wing KC-10 Extender at the Combat Readiness Training Center at Gulfport, Miss., in support of Crisis Response '17 March 6, 2017. Close to 700 Air Mobility Command Airmen with the 514th Air Mobility Wing, the 305th Air Mobility Wing, the 87th Air Base Wing, and the 621st Contingency Response Wing are participating in the mobilization exercise.
Image Courtesy of Master Sgt. Mark Olsen

A crew chief maintains contact with the flight crew of a 305th Air Mobility Wing KC-10 Extender at the Combat Readiness Training Center at Gulfport, Miss., in support of Crisis Response. These KC-10 Extender images were photographed by military veterans and service members.

KC-10 Extender side
A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender is prepped for take off in formation departure with a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Oct. 24, 2016. The KC-10 has two capabilities for refueling U.S. and allied military aircraft with its advanced aerial refueling boom and drogue centerline refueling system. With the capability to stay in flight for nearly 44,000 miles and diverse refueling options, the KC-10 provides critical refueling support to several coalition airframes working to liberate the city of Mosul, Iraq.
Image Courtesy of Senior Airman Tyler Woodward

A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender is prepped for take off in formation departure with a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

KC10 Extender parked
A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., is prepped for takeoff in the early morning smoky haze due to nearby wildfires June 24, 2015, during Exercise Northern Edge at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among thousands of service members from active-duty, Reserve and National Guard units.
Image Courtesy of Maj. Elizabeth Magnusson

A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., is prepped for takeoff in the early morning smoky haze due to nearby wildfires.

KC 10 images Extender Elephant walk
An "Elephant Walk," comprising 12 KC-10 Extenders and six C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 305th Air Mobility Wing, was held Nov. 21, 2013, as part of a training exercise at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The exercise enabled aircrew, maintenance, command post and operational support personnel to test their ability to launch a mass amount of aircraft in support of real-world operations. An Elephant Walk is a nose-to-tail taxi formation.
Image Courtesy of Charles Russell

An “Elephant Walk,” comprising of 12 KC-10 Extenders and six C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 305th Air Mobility Wing, as part of a training exercise at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. These KC-10 Extender images were photographed by military veterans and service members.

KC-10 Extender engines
A KC-10 Extender from the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron lines up for take-off for a combat air mission in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility during operations at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia, April 5. The KC-10s deployed to Southwest Asia with the 908th EARS and the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing are from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The KC-10 is the Air Force's largest tanker and in 2009, aircraft assigned to the 908th EARS flew more than 4,700 combat missions offloading more than 422 million pounds of fuel to more than 31,400 aircraft.
Image Courtesy of Master Sgt. Jenifer Calhoun

A KC-10 Extender from the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron lines up for take-off for a combat air mission in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility during operations at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia.

KC-10 Extender Images
A KC-10 Extender returns from a mission during flightline operations for the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing at a non-disclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 12, 2010. The KC-10 is forward deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. On Jan. 17, 2011, the KC-10 marked 20 years of continuous deployment. Air Force KC-10 home stations are in only two places, Joint Base MDL and Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
Image Courtesy of Master Sgt. Scott Sturkol

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