GE CF6-50C, 2 on KC-10 Tanker
General Electric CF6-50C2 on KC-10 Tanker at California Capital Airshow.
The KC-10 is powered by three General Electric CF6-50C2 high bypass-ratio turbofan engines, each generating 52,500 pounds of thrust. Versions of the CF6 engine family were installed on most of the DC-10s in commercial airline service compiled an impressive reliability record.
The engine on the DC-10 isn't "atop" the tail, but at the very base of the tail. This means that the structural supports for the vertical stabilizer have to bend *around* the engine and the inlet. This makes them substantially heavier than if they were straight. So McD traded off extra weight for better overall engine performance.
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