Mastercraft Collection: KC-10A Extender, Gray..
Wingspan: 11 inches
Length: 12 inches
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The KC-10A Extender is a transport plane and air refueling tanker that was built to supplement the US Air ForceŐs KC-135 Stratotankers. The development of the KC10 Extender came after the US forces recognized that it was under-equipped with planes that had air-refueling capabilities. Thus, through the 1975 Advanced Tanker Cargo Aircraft Program, the US evaluated four aircraft for the purpose. Besting the Boeing 747, the Lockheed L-1011, and the C-5 Galaxy, the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 was chosen on December 1977. The first prototype of the KC10 aircraft was officially flown on July 1980. Designed after the Boeing DC-10, McDonnell Douglas Extender has retained majority of the airlinerŐs structure, with the KC-10A outfitted with modern military avionics and enhanced cargo-handling system. Flying at a maximum speed of 619 mph, the Extender could reach a top range of 4,400 nautical miles, a ceiling of 42,000 feet, and a climb rate of 6,870 feet per minute.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!