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Boeing/EADS KC-747-8F

General characteristics
Variants: KC.Mk.1, KC.Mk.2
In Service: 2012
Crew: 4 (Aircraft Commander, Pilot, Refuelling Specialist, Loadmaster)
Length: 76.3 m
Wingspan: 68.4 m
Height: 19.4 m
Wing area: 63.2 m spread, 49.1 m swept
Empty weight: 197,131 kg
Max. takeoff weight: 447,700 kg
Internal fuel weight: 181,536 kg (Cygnus KC.Mk.2 fitted for JP-7)
Powerplant: 4 Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 turbofans
Dry thrust: 285-331 kN each

Maximum speed: Mach 0.9 at 14,000 m MSL
Action radius: 7,630 km at 10,000 m, typical
Ferry range: 15,000 km
Service ceiling: 14,000 m
Rate of climb: <15 m/s

Cygnus KC.Mk.1/2:
EuroDASS Praetorian countermeasures set
Northrop Grumman AN/AAR-54 Missile Approach Warning System