Tupolev Tu-126
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Tupolev Tu-126

A military derivation of the Tu-114 has the designation Tu-126 and NATO reporting name 'Moss'; believed to be conversions of ex-Aeroflot civil airliners, these aircraft have been modified for use as airborne warning and control aircraft with a rotating radome pylon-mounted over the rear fuselage. The aircraft also has an inflight-refuelling probe and a number of blisters and fairings covering operational equipment. The former passenger cabin provides ample space for extensive communications, radar and signal processing equipment, and consoles for specialist operators.

Tupolev Tu-126

 ENGINE4 x NK-12MV, 15000hp
    Take-off weight170000 kg374788 lb
    Wingspan51.20 m168 ft 0 in
    Length55.20 m181 ft 1 in
    Height16.05 m53 ft 8 in
    Wing area311.10 m23348.65 sq ft
    Max. speed850 km/h528 mph
    Cruise speed650 km/h404 mph
    Ceiling13000 m42650 ft
    Range12550 km7798 miles

Tupolev Tu-126A three-view drawing (1938 x 1458)

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