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A close up view of a US Air Force B-2 Spirit Bomber from 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, MO being refueled by the boom and refueling arm of a KC-10 Extender aircraft. The image was taken from the Boom Operators position

A close up view of a US Air Force B-2 Spirit Bomber from 509th Bomb Wi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Whiteman Air Force Base State: Missouri (MO) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Chuck Reger Release Status: Rel... more

A technician sits in a mockup of the refueling boom control position of a KC-10 Extender aircraft during an air conditioning inlet air flow test

A technician sits in a mockup of the refueling boom control position o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Long Beach State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcconnell Douglas Corp. Release Status: Release... more

A close-up view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft with a lowered refueling boom, as seen from a C-5A Galaxy aircraft, prior to being hooked up with the Galaxy

A close-up view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft with a lowered refueling...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A close-up view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft with a lowered refueling boom, as seen from a C-5A Galaxy aircraft, prior to being hooked up with the Galaxy

A close-up view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft with a lowered refueling...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A close-up view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft's high-speed refueling boom during the rollout ceremony

A close-up view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft's high-speed refueling b...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Mcdonnell-Douglas Plant State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Paul J. Harrington Release St... more

A right rear view of a parked KC-10A Extender aircraft during the rollout ceremony

A right rear view of a parked KC-10A Extender aircraft during the roll...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Mcdonnell-Douglas Plant State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Paul J. Harrington Release St... more

Right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft being rolled out at the ceremony in the McDonnell Douglas Corporation

Right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft being rolled out at the c...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A refueling boom is being installed on a newly-built KC-10 Extender aircraft in the McDonnell Douglas Corporation

A refueling boom is being installed on a newly-built KC-10 Extender ai...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft on the ground during the rollout ceremony

A side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft on the ground during the rol...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

AN interior view of the KC-10A Extender aircraft upper deck

AN interior view of the KC-10A Extender aircraft upper deck

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A front ground view of the KC-10A Extender aircraft during the rollout ceremony

A front ground view of the KC-10A Extender aircraft during the rollout...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

AN air-to-air overhead view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft during refueling

AN air-to-air overhead view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft during refuel...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft, front, and a C-5A Galaxy aircraft

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft, front, and ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

AN air-to-air overhead view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft

AN air-to-air overhead view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft being refuele...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

AN air-to-air left side view of KC-10 Extender aircraft about to be refueled from a C-5 Galaxy aircraft

AN air-to-air left side view of KC-10 Extender aircraft about to be re...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT William B. Belcher Jr. Release Status: Released to Public Co... more

AN air-to-air left side view of KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling a C-5 Galaxy aircraft. AN F-4 Phantom II aircraft can be seen in the background

AN air-to-air left side view of KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling a C-...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT William B. Belcher Jr. Release Status: Released to Public Co... more

AN air-to-air left side view of a C-5 Galaxy aircraft approaching a KC-10 Extender aircraft for refueling

AN air-to-air left side view of a C-5 Galaxy aircraft approaching a KC...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT W.B. Belcher Jr. Release Status: Released to Public Com... more

AN air-to-air left side view of KC-10 Extender aircraft moving away from a C-5 Galaxy aircraft after refueling it

AN air-to-air left side view of KC-10 Extender aircraft moving away fr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT William B. Belcher Jr. Release Status: Released to Public Co... more

AN air-to-air left side view of a C-5 Galaxy aircraft approaching a KC-10 Extender aircraft for refueling

AN air-to-air left side view of a C-5 Galaxy aircraft approaching a KC...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT William B. Belcher Jr. Release Status: Released to Public Co... more

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling a C-5 Galaxy aircraft

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling a ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT William B. Belcher Jr. Release Status: Released to Public Co... more

AN air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft getting into position to refuel an F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft as an F-4 Phantom II aircraft acts as a chase plane

AN air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft getting in...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft, left, with a C-5A Galaxy aircraft during a C-5 proximity

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft, left, with...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling a C-5A Galaxy aircraft above the clouds as an F-4 Phantom II aircraft acts as a chase plane

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling boom operator practices with a refueling training simulator

A KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling boom operator practices with a ref...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Barksdale Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT John L. Marine Release Status... more

A close-up air-to-air view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling boom

A close-up air-to-air view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling boo...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft. AN NC-135A Stratotanker testbed aircraft is in the background

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

An air-to-air top view of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft, from the boom operator's section of a KC-10A Extender aircraft, after release from the tanker aircraft over mountains

An air-to-air top view of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft, from the boom ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A left rear view of a parked KC-10A Extender aircraft. Civilian and Air Force personnel prepare to test the refueling boom

A left rear view of a parked KC-10A Extender aircraft. Civilian and Ai...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base State: Ohio (OH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... more

A crowd files aboard the KC-10A Extender aircraft that was just delivered here by Douglas Aircraft Company

A crowd files aboard the KC-10A Extender aircraft that was just delive...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Barksdale Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release St... more

Douglas Aircraft Company President John C. Brizendine speaks from the podium during the delivery ceremony for the KC-10A Extender aircraft in the background

Douglas Aircraft Company President John C. Brizendine speaks from the ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Barksdale Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release St... more

GEN Edgar S. Harris Jr., Commander 8th Air Force, speaks with a television interviewer as they stand near the KC-10A Extender aircraft that was just delivered here by Douglas Aircraft Company

GEN Edgar S. Harris Jr., Commander 8th Air Force, speaks with a televi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Barksdale Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release St... more

AN air-to-air right rear view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft banking to the left

AN air-to-air right rear view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft banking to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

AN air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling a C-5A Galaxy aircraft, with a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft in the background, in flight over snow-capped mountains

AN air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

AN air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft, front, flanked by a C-5A Galaxy aircraft, center, and KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft in flight over snow-capped mountains

AN air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft, front, fl...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling a C-5A Galaxy aircraft while in flight over a desert

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A left front view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft on the ground with its cargo door open

A left front view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft on the ground with its ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Barksdale Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release St... more

Visitors view the boom operator's station in the rear of a KC-10 Extender aircraft during a static display

Visitors view the boom operator's station in the rear of a KC-10 Exten...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Mildenhall Country: Great Britain / England (GBR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Don Sutherland Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... more

Personnel from the 5th and 435th Aerial Port Squadrons off load a KC-10 Extender aircraft during Operation Coronet Canvas

Personnel from the 5th and 435th Aerial Port Squadrons off load a KC-1...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CORONET CANVAS Base: Raf Whittering Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Don Sutherland Releas... more

Visitors go aboard for a tour of a KC-10 Extender aircraft during a static display

Visitors go aboard for a tour of a KC-10 Extender aircraft during a st...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Mildenhall Country: Great Britain / England (GBR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Don Sutherland Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... more

A front view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft on static display

A front view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft on static display

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Mildenhall Country: Great Britain / England (GBR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Don Sutherland Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... more

Crewmen off-load seats from a KC-10 Extender aircraft onto a Cochran Loader

Crewmen off-load seats from a KC-10 Extender aircraft onto a Cochran L...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Mildenhall Country: Great Britain / England (GBR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Don Sutherland Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... more

MSGT Dale Richardson, an engineer on the KC-10 Extender aircraft, explains its cockpit features to CPT Charles Hale of the 306th Start Wing. Hale has been selected for training to become a KC-10 commander

MSGT Dale Richardson, an engineer on the KC-10 Extender aircraft, expl...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Mildenhall Country: Great Britain / England (GBR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Don Sutherland Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... more

Crewmen off-load seats from a KC-10 Extender aircraft onto a Cochran Loader

Crewmen off-load seats from a KC-10 Extender aircraft onto a Cochran L...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Mildenhall Country: Great Britain / England (GBR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Don Sutherland Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... more

People tour the KC-10 Extender aircraft while it is on public display

People tour the KC-10 Extender aircraft while it is on public display

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Mildenhall Country: Great Britain / England (GBR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Don Sutherland Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... more

MAJ Sam Hezlip, a test pilot with the 4201th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, answers questions about the KC-10 Extender aircraft to members of the British aviation press

MAJ Sam Hezlip, a test pilot with the 4201th Test and Evaluation Squad...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Mildenhall Country: Great Britain / England (GBR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Don Sutherland Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... more

Interior view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft as cargo is positioned on a Cochran Loader

Interior view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft as cargo is positioned on a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Whittering Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Don Sutherland Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... more

Interior view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft as pallets are moved forward for off loading

Interior view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft as pallets are moved forwar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Whittering Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Don Sutherland Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... more

MGEN Bobby Walls, pilot of the KC-10 Extender aircraft, arrives to supervise Tactical Air Command operations of Exercise Coronet Canvas

MGEN Bobby Walls, pilot of the KC-10 Extender aircraft, arrives to sup...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CORONET CANVAS Base: Raf Whittering Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Don Sutherland Releas... more

A left side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft with a Cochran loader attached to the cargo door for the off loading of equipment and supplies

A left side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft with a Cochran loader at...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Whittering Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Don Sutherland Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... more

Interior view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft as pallets are moved forward for off loading

Interior view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft as pallets are moved forwar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Whittering Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Don Sutherland Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... more

An air-to-air right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft being refueled from another KC-10 while flying over the base

An air-to-air right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft being refue...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to... more

Right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in flight during testing. The Extender, silhouetted against the sunset horizon, is from the 78th Air Refueling Squadron, and the Blackbird, the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

Right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling an SR-71 Blackb...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft taxiing along the flightline. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, was refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft taxiing along the flightline. Th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Ranzeno Oates Release Status: Re... more

Airmen assist LTC Bob Crowder, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, put on his high-pressure suit. LTC Crowder will fly an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft which will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft during testing

Airmen assist LTC Bob Crowder, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance W...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in flight. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft during testing

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in flight. The aircraft, from th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in flight. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft during testing

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in flight. The aircraft, from th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

Pilots from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing sit in the cockpit of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft prior to flight. The aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft while in flight during testing

Pilots from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing sit in the cockpit o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

Front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, taxiing out of a hangar. The aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

Front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reco...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

Crew SSGT David L. Hansen directs an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft out of a hangar. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

Crew SSGT David L. Hansen directs an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft out of a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

An air-to-air front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft being hooked up with a KC-10 Extender aircraft for refueling during testing. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, is seen from the refueling boom operator's section

An air-to-air front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft being hooked u...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Ranzeno Oates Release Status: Re... more

A right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in-flight during testing. The Extender, silhouetted against the sunset horizon, is from the 78th Air Refueling Squadron, and the Blackbird, the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

A right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling an SR-71 Blac...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. Bill Thompson Release Stat... more

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft taxiing along the flightline. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, was refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft taxiing along the flightline. Th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Ranzeno Oates Release Status: Re... more

Front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft as airmen assist pilot MAJ Barry C. MacKean debark the aircraft. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, was refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

Front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft as airmen assist pilot MAJ B...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

An air-to-air left side view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. The aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft during testing

An air-to-air left side view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft from the 9...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

Front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft as airmen assist a pilot debarking the aircraft. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, was refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

Front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft as airmen assist a pilot deb...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

Right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in flight during testing. The Extender, silhouetted against the sunset horizon, is from the 78th Air Refueling Squadron, and the Blackbird, the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

Right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling an SR-71 Blackb...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

Airmen assist LTC Bob Crowder, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, put on his high-pressure suit. LTC Crowder is a pilot of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft which will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

Airmen assist LTC Bob Crowder, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance W...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, flanked by a T-38 Talon aircraft. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, was refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, flanked by a T-38 Talon aircraf...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Ranzeno Oates Release Status: Re... more

Pilots from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing are aboard a vehicle to be transported to a parked SR-71 Blackbird aircraft. The aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

Pilots from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing are aboard a vehicle...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

Airmen assist LTC Bob Crowder, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, put on his high-pressure suit. LTC Crowder will fly an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft which will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft during testing

Airmen assist LTC Bob Crowder, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance W...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

SSGT Jack Lloyd checks a high-pressure suit for an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft pilot. The aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

SSGT Jack Lloyd checks a high-pressure suit for an SR-71 Blackbird air...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

SR-71 Blackbird aircraft pilots, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, discuss flight details during breakfast. Their aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

SR-71 Blackbird aircraft pilots, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

Airmen assist pilots aboard an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. The aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

Airmen assist pilots aboard an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, from the 9th ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

Front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft approaching a KC-10 Extender aircraft for in-flight refueling during testing. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, is seen from the refueling boom operator's section

Front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft approaching a KC-10 Extender...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Ranzeno Oates Release Status: Re... more

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, taking off. The aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnai...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

Pilots, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, are being transported to a parked SR-71 Blackbird aircraft. The aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

Pilots, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, are being transpor...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, taking off. The aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnai...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in flight. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft during testing

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in flight. The aircraft, from th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

A left rear view of a parked SR-71 Blackbird aircraft from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. The aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

A left rear view of a parked SR-71 Blackbird aircraft from the 9th Str...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... more

Air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling another KC-10A

Air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling ano...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Southern California State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release Status... more

Air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an F-15B Eagle aircraft

Air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an F...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

Air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an F-14 Tomcat aircraft

Air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

An air-to-air front view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft being refueled by another KC-10 Extender aircraft

An air-to-air front view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft being refueled ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an F-15A Eagle aircraft above the clouds

Air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an F...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

Air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an F-15A Eagle aircraft

Air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release Sta... more

An overhead front view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft being refueled by a KC-10A Extender aircraft as seen from the boom operator's position

An overhead front view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft being refuel...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

A right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an F-4D Phantom II aircraft while in flight above the clouds

A right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an F-4D Phan...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

The first flight crew of a KC-10A Extender aircraft standing under the left wing of the aircraft

The first flight crew of a KC-10A Extender aircraft standing under the...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base State: Ohio (OH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... more

Air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an S-3A Viking aircraft

Air-to-air right side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release Sta... more

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling an E-4A aircraft

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft refueling a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Southern State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp Release Status: Released t... more

An overhead front view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft as seen from the boom operator's position of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft

An overhead front view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft as seen from the ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mcdonnell Douglas Corp. Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

Vehicles are secured aboard a KC-10A Extender aircraft during a loading demonstration

Vehicles are secured aboard a KC-10A Extender aircraft during a loadin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base State: Ohio (OH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... more

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft, left, refueling a B-52G Stratofortress aircraft

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft, left, refu...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft, left, refueling a B-52G Stratofortress aircraft

AN air-to-air left side view of a KC-10A Extender aircraft, left, refu...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Cargo is secured aboard a KC-10A Extender aircraft during a loading demonstration

Cargo is secured aboard a KC-10A Extender aircraft during a loading de...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base State: Ohio (OH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... more

A side view of the extended refueling boom of a parked KC-10A Extender aircraft during the tests on the support equipment of the aircraft

A side view of the extended refueling boom of a parked KC-10A Extender...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base State: Ohio (OH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... more

Cargo is secured aboard a KC-10A Extender aircraft during a loading demonstration

Cargo is secured aboard a KC-10A Extender aircraft during a loading de...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base State: Ohio (OH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... more

A jeep is loaded aboard a KC-10A Extender aircraft during a loading demonstration

A jeep is loaded aboard a KC-10A Extender aircraft during a loading de...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base State: Ohio (OH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... more

A flatbed trailer is secured crossways inside a KC-10A Extender aircraft during a loading demonstration

A flatbed trailer is secured crossways inside a KC-10A Extender aircra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base State: Ohio (OH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... more

A view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft as the electronic and hydraulic systems are installed, during its construction inside the McDonnell Douglas aircraft plant

A view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft as the electronic and hydraulic sy...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Long Beach State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Released to ... more

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