Flight Craft 6: Ily'yushin/Beriyev A-50 Author : Yefim Gordon Publisher : Pen and Sword Total Pages : 96 Release : 2015-04-30 ISBN 10 : 9781473823914 ISBN 13 : 1473823919 Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL GET BOOK Flight Craft 6: Ily'yushin/Beriyev A-50 Book Description: Brought out in the late 1970s as a successor to the obsolete Tu-126 airborne early warning aircraft, the A-50 co-developed by the Il'yushin and Beriyev bureaux is one of the most interesting military variants in the field of IL-76 military transport. Differing outwardly from the latter mainly in having a conventional ñsaucerî rotodome, the A-50 entered flight testing in 1980; the new Soviet AWACS entered service four years later. The improved A-50M was developed several years after that. The type continues in service with the Russian Air Force today, and the fleet is being upgraded to A-50U standard. ??This book describes the A-50's thrilling developmental history, taking in its many variants (including the A-50EI export model for India) and gives an extensive overview of the various scale model kits covering the subject currently available on the market.