Third DC-10 delivered to the RNLAF
26 Oct 2004
Monday October 25 saw the arrival of the third DC-10 acquired by the Royal Netherlands Air Force at Eindhoven AB. The RNLAF already operates two DC-10 variants which have been converted to KDC-10 tankers. The third DC-10 will be used solely for the transport role. Because of the increasing deployment of Dutch troops far from the European theatre, there is a demand for additional strategic transport capacity. Also it will free up the two KDC-10 from their ever-increasingly secondary transport role.
The aircraft delivered is one built in 1978 and last flown by United Airlines. Following overhaul, cockpit upgrades and installation ofa palletized seating system, the third DC-10 will become operational in 2007.
Earlier the Netherlands Ministry of Defense also announced plans to replace the 4 Fokker 60 light/medium utility transport aircraft with 2 bigger C-130 Hercules to increase range and capacity of the transport fleet.