Engine Overview (From GE Website)
1969, GE offered a new 46,000 to 54,000
pound thrust CF6 derivative called the
CF6-50 for use on the new DC-10 Series
was announced at the 1969 Paris Airshow
that the KSSU group (KLM, Swissair, SAS,
and UTA) would become the launch customer
for the longer range DC-10 Series 30 and
that they had selected the CF6-50 to power
the new aircraft.
late 1969 the CF6-50 was selected to power
the new Airbus Industrie A300. Air France
became the launch customer for the A300
by ordering six aircraft in 1971.
In 1972, the U.S. Air Force selected GE's CF6-50 to power the
Airborne Command Post version of the 747, the E-4A. The engine
later achieved its second military application as the powerplant
for the KC-10A Advanced Cargo Tanker.
selection of the CF6-50 by the USAF opened
the door for GE to offer CF6 power on the
747 in a commercial application. In 1975,
KLM was the first airline to order the
Boeing 747 with GE CF6 power.