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Tu-126 Moss AEW aircraft

Country of Origin: Russia


The Moss was an airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft converted from retired Tu-114 Cleat commercial airliners, which in turn were derivatives of the Tu-20/95 Bear strategic bomber. The Moss differs from the Bear in its deeper fuselage and low-set wing. It was the first Soviet aircraft equipped with a rotodome (rotating radar antenna).

The Moss had a low, swept wing with a high aspect ratio and some anhedral. Three low-wing fences were located between the nacelles, outboard of the...

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