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Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Sat Mar 03, 2007 1:44 am

Today I saw my first live KC-10 at ZAG (which surmounts to exactly two DC-10s I ever saw in person Big grin ). I got to within 200 meters of it and needless to say, I was impressed. However, I could not see the tail markings clearly, as there were several trees blocking my view.

Later I managed to snap a (literally) long shot of it from about a mile away, but with a 200 mm lens, I couldn't capture much detail. Zooming in on the shot as much as I could, it's obvious it's an USAF machine, but I couldn't see which squadron. The tail band was as shown below (mind the distance I shot it from):

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I went through the pics in the db, but it appears that most KC-10s have blue tail bands. The only different one I saw was the McGuire AFB one, yellow font on a black background.

Does this a/c belong to some squadron not yet photographed or is it, more likely, a McGuire-based AFB whose band is distorted by the distance?
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RE: Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Sat Mar 03, 2007 4:16 am

Interesting.

Travis are generally blue, and McGuire are generally green. I thought Altus and Charleston had yellow/orange bands... but they don't have -10s AFAIK.

It could just be the McGuire text being distorted as you suggest. The text is quite large.


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RE: Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Sat Mar 03, 2007 4:30 am

Quoting MDorBust (Reply 1):
It could just be the McGuire text being distorted as you suggest. The text is quite large.

This is the photo of the McGuire yellow on black that I found, the same style as in the photo you posted:

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Now you see my confusion: looking at the photo I took, it could easy be yellow text on black, or black on yellow but too small to be seen on my photo.

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RE: Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Sat Mar 03, 2007 5:18 am

Quoting MDorBust (Reply 1):
Travis are generally blue, and McGuire are generally green. I thought Altus and Charleston had yellow/orange bands... but they don't have -10s AFAIK.

It could just be the McGuire text being distorted as you suggest. The text is quite large.

That is correct, all the KC-10As are assigned to McGuire AFB, NJ, and Travis AFB, CA.
 
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RE: Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Sat Mar 03, 2007 5:48 am

Incidentally, how often does the KC fleet ferry personnel? Shortly after I took the picture, I saw two buses (about 2/3 full) of uniformed personnel speed off toward the city escorted by special police units. Since there were no other a/c at ZAG other than the usual traffic, I presume these people came aboard the KC-10.
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RE: Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:00 am

Ferry's personell and cargo all the time....Check
 
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RE: Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:14 am

Uh oh, the waters get muddy.

Aparently the 70th and 79th Air Refueling Squadrons out of Travis have a red tail stripe with white lettering.

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RE: Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:32 am

[quote=TripleDelta,reply=0][/quote

It's a Travis aircraft, I recognized it right away.


There's no way to tell which squadron is flying it, the tail stripe identifies which AMU maintains the aircraft. Although the AMU's may have flying squadrons aligned with them, they fly any aircraft on the ramp regardless of tail stripe color. They don't stick with only certain aircraft.
 
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RE: Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:57 pm

Quoting Gunships (Reply 7):
It's a Travis aircraft, I recognized it right away.


There's no way to tell which squadron is flying it, the tail stripe identifies which AMU maintains the aircraft. Although the AMU's may have flying squadrons aligned with them, they fly any aircraft on the ramp regardless of tail stripe color. They don't stick with only certain aircraft.

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RE: Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:48 pm

I live near McGuire AFB, they have about 32 KC-10s based with the 305th Air Mobility Wing at McGuire. Their bands are usually light blue.
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RE: Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:39 pm

Quoting STT757 (Reply 9):
I live near McGuire AFB, they have about 32 KC-10s based with the 305th Air Mobility Wing at McGuire. Their bands are usually light blue.

All of McGuires tails are being converted to Dark Blue with yellow lettering. They have been swapping tail flashings since they got thier first C-17

Travis currently has blue tails and red tails with white lettering for the TRAVIS. A new tail flashing is supposed to be implemented like the one they have on the C-17 and C-5, Travis being in the black portion with the three tails, and in the colored portion(white for the 17, blue for the 5, look up 87-0042 for a pic) has the california golden bear.
 
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RE: Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:32 pm

Quoting Gunships (Reply 7):
It's a Travis aircraft, I recognized it right away.

After looking it over, Travis has black in the front of the tail with the three white tails, then the color. The fuzzy picture has a yellow look from the front back. I seriously believe thats a McGuire bird.
 
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RE: Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Mon Mar 12, 2007 2:03 am

TripleDelta:

My squadron (2d ARS out of McGuire) had a trip throughout europe for two weeks around the time you are describing. From the looks of it, it appears to be a Travis tail flash, but the distant could be distorting the color. To ad more confusion to the mix, it could have been a McGuire crew flying a Travis tail.

I'll check with the crew who flew the trip and our schedulers and get an answer to you.

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RE: Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:57 am

Quoting Galaxy5007 (Reply 11):
I seriously believe thats a McGuire bird.

I'll bet you an adult beverage that it's a Travis aircraft...

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RE: Need Some Help IDing A KC-10

Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:41 am

Quoting Gunships (Reply 13):
I'll bet you an adult beverage that it's a Travis aircraft...

Gunship, you might have to do just that! Bjorn Van Brussel took a picture of our crew/bird in Belgium. This is the same jet/crew I was referring to earlier. I will still have to double check with them on Monday, but I fairly certain they stopped in Croatia during their trip.

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