Tuesday, August 30, 2005


Steve's Video Of The Day: KC-10 Refuels A C-5 Galaxy!

Watch 2 huge airplanes mate! I can just imagine trying to do this in severe turbulence, at night! Aye-yi-yi!! Anyhow, training, and practice, make perfect!

VIDEO - KC-10 Refuels A C-5 Galaxy!

C-5 Specifications

Primary Function: Strategic Airlift.

Contractor: Lockheed-Georgia Co.

Length: 247 feet, 10 inches (75.3 meters).

Height At Tail: 65 feet, 1 inch (19.8 meters).

Wingspan: 222 feet, 9 inches (67.9 meters).

Stabilizer Span: 68 feet, 9 inches (20.8 meters).

Cargo Compartment Height: 13 feet, 6 inches (4.10 meters); width 19 feet (5.76 meters).

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 769,000 pounds (346,500 kilograms).

Maximum Wartime Takeoff Weight: 840,000 pounds (378,000 kilograms).

Operating Weight: 374,000 lb

Max Payload, 2.5g: 216,000 lb

Max Payload, 2.25g: 261,000 lb

Load: 291,000 pounds (130,950 kilograms) maximum wartime payload.

Power Plant: Four General Electric TF39-GE-1C turbofan engines.

Thrust: 41,000 pounds (18,450 kilograms), each engine.

Takeoff/Landing Distances: 12,200 feet (3,697 meters) takeoff fully loaded;
4,900 feet (1485 meters) land fully loaded.

Total Fuel Capacity: 51,154 US gal

Max Payload Range: 2,960 NM

Range: 5,940 miles (5,165 nautical miles) empty.

Ferry Range: 6,985 NM

Speed: 541 mph (Mach 0.72)

Design Cruise Speed: 489 kt

Long Range Cruise Speed: 465 kt

Max Rate of Climb: (MGW) 1,610 fpm

Max Operating Altitude: 43,500 ft

Ceiling: 34,000 feet (10,303 meters) with a 605,000-pound (272,250-kilogram) load.

Accommodations: Upper deck seats 73 passengers; forward upper deck seats six, a relief crew of seven, and eight mail or message couriers. The flight deck has work stations for the entire crew. The upper deck's forward and rear compartments have galleys for food preparation and lavatories.

Sensors: An automatic trouble-shooting system constantly monitors more than 800 test points in the various subsystems of the C-5. The Malfunction Detection Analysis and Recording System uses a digital computer to identify malfunctions in replaceable units. Failure and trend information is recorded on magnetic tape for analysis by maintenance people.

Unit Cost: C-5A, $163.4 million; C-5B, $167.7 million

Crew: Six (pilot, co-pilot, two flight engineers, two loadmasters)

Date Deployed: December 1969 (for training); June 1970 (operational); December 1984 (to Reserve).
Inventory: Active-force, 70; ANG, 11; Reserve, 28.
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KC-10A Extender Specifications

Primary Function: Aerial refueling/transport.

Contractor: Douglas Aircraft Co.

Power Plant: Three General Electric CF-6-50C2 turbofans

Thrust: 52,500 pounds (23,625 kilograms), each engine

Length: 181 feet, 7 inches (54.4 meters)

Height: 58 feet, 1 inch (17.4 meters)

Wingspan: 165 feet, 4 1/2 inches (50 meters)

Speed: 619 mph (Mach 0.825)

Ceiling: 42,000 feet (12,727 meters)

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 590,000 pounds (265,500 kilograms)

Maximum Useable Fuel: 342,000 Pounds

All fuel is usable or transferable via either boom or probe and drogue refueling
Fifteen aircraft are modified with two wing-mounted air refueling pods which allow for simultaneous operations with probe equipped aircraft.

Range: 4,400 miles (3,800 nautical miles) with cargo;
11,500 miles (10,000 nautical miles) without cargo

Unit Cost: $86.3 million (1992 dollars)

Crew: Four (aircraft commander, pilot, flight engineer and boom operator)

Crew Ratio: 3.5 crews per aircraft
2.0 crews per aircraft (active duty)
1.5 crews per aircraft (associate reserve)

Date Deployed: March 1981

Inventory: Active force, 59; ANG, 0; Reserve, 0

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