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First KC-10 Extender retires from Joint Base MDL

With U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Mike Pillion at the controls, KC-10 Extender #86-0036 takes to the skies for its final mission to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., following its ceremonious retirement at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. on July 13. The first of three KC-10s from the Air Force’s Backup-Aircraft Inventory congressional approved for retirement during Fiscal Year 2020, Extender #86-0036 will continue to support the remaining 58 Extenders with parts as they are flown for several years while the KC-46A Pegasus is integrated into Air Mobility Command’s Total Force tanker enterprise. For nearly four decades, KC-10s have helped secure global reach for America, providing in-flight refueling to U.S. and coalition aircraft, from Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm to Operation Inherent Resolve. The KC-10 is flown from JBMDL by both the 305th AMW and its associate Air Force Reserve unit, the 514th AMW.

PHOTO BY: Staff Sgt Sean Evans
VIRIN: 200713-F-DV652-1053.JPG
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CAMERA

NIKON D3S

LENS

70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8

APERTURE

71/10

SHUTTERSPEED

1/1250

ISO

200

IMAGE IS PUBLIC DOMAIN

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