The U.S. Air Force's first KC-10 Extender has officially received its retirement papers and headed to the Boneyard.
The service last week retired a tanker from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, with more than 33,000 flight hours and at least 30 years of service. Nearly 23,000 aircrew members and maintainers supported the aircraft during its lifetime, and the aircraft refueled more than 125,000 aircraft from 25 different countries over its career.
‘This aircraft, like all the aircraft in our KC-10 fleet, has served honorably and provided life-saving fuel to warfighters executing global reach,’Col. Scott Wiederholt, 305th Air Mobility Wing commander. Airmen from the 305th and 514th Air Mobility Wings at the base have used the aircraft.
Facilities for long-term storage of reserve military airplanes.
Aircraft boneyard are generally located in deserts since the dry conditions reduce corrosion.