Like many other posters here my fave military transport is the C-141 Starlifter however the original C-141A version before they were extended into the 'B' version. They looked just superb in their original natural metal finish with the light green/grey walkway on top of the wings.
Also have a soft spot for the Il-76 which has similar 'flowing lines' but at the same time looks a much larger and somewhat more brutal aircraft. I would love to travel to Japan one day and see their Kawasaki C-1 which follows the same high-wing layout with pylon mounted podded jet engines plus T-tail.
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PS, Isn't it funny how most of the Soviet airlifters look amazingly like there older US counterparts, gee I wonder how that happened....
Hope you have cancelled your holiday plans to visit Moscow in the near future
Personally I think that many Soviet aircraft designs look remarkably unique, especially their fighter types and their bombers. Where there are similarities in layout that must surely reflect the technology that was available at the time. For example, in the late 40's and early 50's the vogue was for shoulder winged transports with high mounted twin-boomed tails eg the C-82/C-119, the Noratlas and the Argosy; did France and Great Britain 'steal' the idea from the USA or this was a logical planform given the technology available at the time and the mission that these aircraft were expected to fulfil?
Take the Antonov An-12, was this a copy of the C-130 Hercules or does it just follow late 50's design principles? A military cargo transport would have a shoulder mounted wing, four large turboprops, a single raised tail assembly and a large rear fuselage freight door, as well as a large podded main landing gear for landing strip operations. Take a cursory look at the Shorts Belfast or the C-160 Transall and they look remarkably similar. In fact the An-12 was developed from the An-10 airliner which itself was derived from the smaller twin-engined An-8 so it definitely has a very different pedigree to the C-130!
I don't think it is surprising that "most of the Soviet airlifters look amazingly like there (sic) older US counterparts". Both the Soviets and the West plundered much of the aviation technology developed by the Germans in WW2, also broadly the same technological principles have been available therefore in most cases it is not surprising that design bureaus both sides of the Iron Curtain have produced many aircraft which superficially look so similar.
Just my tuppenceworth...