RNLAF KDC-10 turns grey
04 Oct 2004
Last weekend, the first grey painted RNLAF KDC-10 tanker aircraft replaced the 'old' white KDC-10 at Manas AB, Kyrgyzstan. The detachment of six F-16s and one KDC-10 take part in the International Security Force (ISAF) to provide security during the elections in Afghanistan. The 'white' KDC-10 flew 12 missions providing 262000 litres of kerosine to coalition aircraft.
Last week the other KDC-10 of the RNLAF returned from maintenance, painted in a new overall grey scheme. The fuselage spots a lighter grey than the top of the aircraft. Reason for the change has been the increased rate of deployment to operational areas with a higher security risk, like Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 'white' KDC-10 is now returning home and will also enter maintenance, after which it will also receive the new colors. The third DC-10 to be acquired in the near future will also be painted in a similar fashion.