Oklahoma City, OK | Nov. 9, 2016
For years the KC-10’s presence at Field Aerospace’s has intrigued those flying in and out of Will Rogers World Airport, as well as those driving down Interstate 44 passing by. Many people wondered what such a large aircraft, which stands 58 feet tall, has a wingspan of 165 feet, and 181 feet long was doing, and others merely asked what it was.
The KC-10 Extender is one of the Air Force’s aerial refueling aircraft and has the ability to act as a cargo aircraft on overseas deployments of fighters by carrying support personnel and equipment while simultaneously refueling the fighters. As duty calls, the KC-10 makes transcontinental flights through allied airspace. The global Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) out equipment mandate requires aircraft to be upgraded by 2020. In 2011, Rockwell Collins was awarded the KC-10 Communications Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) upgrade for the 59 aircraft fleet. Field Aerospace was selected by Rockwell Collins to provide: Design and Production of all Group A equipment, Modification of the aircraft and installation of all systems and equipment, ground and flight testing support, Technical Order and data updates, as well as FAA certification.
As the program nears completion, Field is delivering approximately 2 KC-10s per month and has 9 remaining to complete. Both Rockwell Collins and Field Aerospace are proud of the work they have accomplished, as this will be one of the first aircraft in the Air Force fleet to be upgraded to comply with the mandate.
A U.S. owned and operated small business, Field Aerospace is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and has over 160,000 sq. ft. of facilities that include offices, hangars, and manufacturing/industrial space, 425,000 sq. ft. of ramp space, as well as a staff of over 275 technicians, mechanics, engineers and other highly skilled personnel. The company is a provider of aircraft integration, modification, maintenance, logistics, and sustainment solutions offering high quality, independent, and cost-effective products, services, and solutions to the aerospace industry.
For more information, visit the web site at www.fieldaero.com
Chris Clark, Marketing Director
Phone: 405 219 3430