Tanker Demand May Stall KC-10 Retirement

Credit: The Boeing KC-10 (pictured refueling from a KC-135) entered service in 1982 and would be sunset from fiscal 2019-2024 under current plans: U.S. Air Force
The head of U.S. Transport Command (Transcom) says the planned retirement of 59 Boeing KC-10 Extenders may need to be reconsidered, despite the high cost of maintaining the U.S. Air Force’s largest refueling aircraft. Gen. Darren McDew told a congressional hearing on March 30 that tanker capacity is...

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