Military Factory
Military Factory

Transport Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/5/2014

Many overlook that the logistical side of war is a whole war unto itself - won or lost by the transport.

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There are a total of 115 Transport Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1995
Airbus A300-600ST (Beluga)
Several leading large-aircraft manufacturers eventually develop a "super-heavy hauler" for transporting large aircraft compon...
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2011
Airbus A330 MRTT
The French Airbus A330 MRTT (MultiRole Tanker Transport) is a modern militarized version of the commercial-minded A330-200 se...
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2014
Airbus A350
The A350 is the latest Airbus contribution to the competitive wide-body, long-range airliner market. The aircraft is intended...
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2007
Airbus A380
Developed as a direct competitor to the hugely successful Boeing 747 line, Airbus introduced their wide-body, long-range jet ...
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2001
Airbus Military / EADS CASA C-295
In 1988, a joint Spanish-Indonesian endeavor introduced the high-winged CN-235, propeller-driven tactical transport aircraft ...
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2013
Airbus Military A400M Atlas
The Airbus A400M "Atlas" is billed as long-range military transport and represents a multi-national development effort. To da...
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1942
Airspeed Horsa
Aircraft such as the Airspeed AS.51 "Horsa" rarely receive their due in the grand scope of World War 2 - a conflict littered ...
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1997
Alenia C-27 Spartan
The Alenia C-27 "Spartan" is a medium-lift transport and joint development effort founded by Italy's Alenia and America's Loc...
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1978
Alenia-Aeritalia G.222
The Italian Alenia G.222 medium-lift tactical transport was born from a 1962 NATO requirement for a Vertical / Short Take-Off...
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1959
Antonov An-12 (Cub)
The Antonov An-12 (NATO codename of "Cub") was the primary medium-lift military transport of the Soviet Union and its satelli...
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1986
Antonov An-124 Ruslan (Condor)
The Antonov An-124 (NATO codename of "Condor") was the world's largest aircraft before the Antonov An-225 made its debut. The...
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1947
Antonov An-2 (Colt)
The Antonov An-2 is a multi-role light utility biplane initially produced under the Soviet flag. Despite its 1940's pedigree,...
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1967
Antonov An-22 Antei
With one of the largest ground armies in the world during the Cold War, the Soviet military required many large transport typ...
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1989
Antonov An-225 Mriya (Cossack)
The Antonov An-225 "Mriya" (Meaning "Dream") (NATO: "Cossack") is one of the largest and heaviest aircraft ever constructed...
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1962
Antonov An-24 (Coke)
The An-24 "Coke" was yet another in the long line of military transport aircraft produced during the Cold War by the Antonov ...
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1969
Antonov An-26 (Curl)
The Antonov An-26 was developed from the An-24 of 1962 for the airliner passenger / general transport role. First flight of t...
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1976
Antonov An-32 (Cline)
The Antonov An-32 (NATO reporting name of "Cline") was developed as an improved version of the An-26 ("Curl") twin-engine tra...
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2014
Antonov An-70
The Antonov An-70 is a Ukrainian transport aircraft - currently in development as of 2012 - intended to replace the aging fle...
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1986
Antonov An-72 (Coaler)
The An-72 "Coaler" was another Antonov Design Bureau creation designed to assist the Soviet military in logistical sorties as...
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1941
Arado Ar 232 Tausendfussler (Millipede)
The Arado aircraft concern of Germany produced one of the more identifiable large transport aircraft of the Luftwaffe during ...
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1941
Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle
The Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle became one of those aircraft designs that evolved into a role not initially envisioned. The...
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1936
Avro Anson
The Avro Anson was a militarized version of the commercial passenger transport Avro 652. The Anson itself was produced to ful...
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1983
BAe 146
Introduced in 1983 by British Aerospace (BAe), the BAe 146 has served for several decades as a civilian and military airliner...
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1941
Beechcraft C-45 (Expeditor)
The Beechcraft C-45 was based on the Beech Aircraft Corporation's civilian-minded Model 18 "Twin Beech" series. First flight ...
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2003
Beriev Be-200 Altair
The Beriev Be-200 "Altair" is based on the Cold War-era Beriev A-40 "Albatros", a twin-engined amphibious aircraft capable of...
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1941
Blohm and Voss Bv 222 Wiking (Viking)
The Blohm & Voss Bv 222 Wiking (translating to "Viking") was a large German flying boat design of World War 2. The behemoth s...
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1983
Boeing 757
The 757-series airliner began as a 1970s Boeing endeavor to replace their aging 727 three-engined "trijet" airliner model. Th...
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1995
Boeing 777 (Triple Seven)
Throughout the 1970s, the Boeing Company operated the mammoth 747 four-engined, "wide-body" long-range jet airliner. In 1978,...
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1943
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
B-29 Superfortress status is often associated with the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ...
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1995
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
The C-17 Globemaster III is the primary long-haul transport for the United States and has been adopted, in limited numbers, b...
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1944
Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter
A post-World War 2 design, the C-97 was developed by The Boeing Company from its Model 367 product - a military-minded transp...
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1937
Boeing XB-15 (XBLR-1 / Grandpappy)
In 1933, the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) delivered a new specification for a heavy bomber with an inherent operation...
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1989
Britten-Norman Defender
The Britten-Norman Defender is a militarized version of the successful Britten-Norman Islander twin turboprop-powered aircraf...
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1979
CHDB A-90 Orlyonok (Eaglet) (Ekranoplan)
The Soviet Navy made use of several "ekranoplan" design forms during the Cold War decades, these pseudo-aircraft designs util...
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1941
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
The Consolidated B-24 Liberator became a major player for Allied forces during World War 2. Its exploits ranged the world ove...
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1950
Convair C-131 / R4Y Samaritan
Convair introduced its CV-240 passenger airliner in 1947 with American Airlines and production of this aircraft eventually re...
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1918
Curtiss NC (Navy Curtiss / Nancy Boat)
World War 1 in Europe prompted all military industries to develop and produce various solutions to ongoing (and some new) pro...
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1942
Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
The United States Air Force utilized the C-46 Commando series as their primary transport workhorse in the Pacific Theater of ...
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1965
Dassault Falcon 20
In 1965, the French concern of Dassault introduced its line of business jets with the Dassault "Falcon 20" (despite its desig...
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1959
de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou
The Caribou series proved to be such an effective battlefield transport aircraft that more than a few were pressed into servi...
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1937
Dornier Do 17 (Flying Pencil)
The Dornier Do 17 was a medium-class bomber fielded primarily by the German Luftwaffe in the years leading up to World War 2....
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1937
Dornier Do 24
The Dornier Do 24 was a capable flying both serving in limited numbers both Allied and Axis powers in World War 2. The system...
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1936
Douglas B-18 Bolo
In 1934, the American Douglas aircraft concern developed the DB-1 (also known as the "Douglas Bomber 1") to fulfill a United ...
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1950
Douglas C-124 Globemaster II
With the close of World War 2 and the accompanying Berlin Airlift, the United States military saw a need to replace its aged ...
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1940
Douglas C-47 Skytrain / Dakota
The C-47 Skytrain was a product of the Douglas Aircraft Company and is regarded as the best transport of World War 2. Interes...
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1942
Douglas C-54 Skymaster (DC-4)
Derived from the commercial DC-4 airliner, the C-54 Skymaster was a workhorse transport aircraft for both the United States A...
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1934
Douglas DC-2
Before the DC-3 became a marketing success for the Douglas Aircraft Company - produced in some 16,000 total examples - the co...
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2015
EADS KC-45 (KC-30)
The KC-45 is/was a joint proposal from primary contractor Northrop Grumman of the United States and subcontractor EADS (Europ...
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2016
Embraer KC-390
To head off the sudden global military need for a modern medium-lift transport system estimated to come within the next ten y...
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1947
Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
Fairchild Corporation produced a winner in the post-war world with the introduction of the C-119 "Flying Boxcar". The Boxcar ...
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1952
Fairchild C-123 Provider
The C-123 Provider was a twin engine military transport aircraft utilized to good effect in the Vietnam War. Design of the ai...
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1953
Fairey Gannet
The Fairey Gannet was a dedicated anti-submarine platform primarily serving the Fleet Air Arm of the British Royal Navy durin...
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1917
Friedrichshafen G.III
The Friedrichshafen G.III was a medium bi-plane class bomber utilized by the German Empire in World War 1 and designed by the...
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1941
Gotha Go.242
After the stunning successes of German airborne troops using gliders in the opening stages of World War 2, a premium was plac...
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1941
Gotha Go.244
The Gotha Go.244 was based on the original Go.242 glider model of 1941 though now the design had evolved to become a twin-eng...
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1952
Grumman C-1A / TF-1 Trader
The C-1 Trader was a carrier-based transport (Carrier-Onboard-Delivery - COD) aircraft utilized by the United States Navy fro...
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1967
Grumman C-2 Greyhound
The Grumman C-2 Greyhound was developed from the successful Grumman E-2 Hawkeye. Whereas the latter was a dedicated carrier-b...
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1937
Grumman Goose (G-21)
While most every aircraft venture usually began with a military requirement or private venture undertaken by a manufacturer f...
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1949
Grumman HU-16 Albatross
The Grumman HU-16 Albatross platform made appearances all across the globe with United States military forces, rescuing downe...
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1935
Heinkel He 111
The German Luftwaffe of World War 2 fielded a trio of capable (though eventually limited) medium-class bombers in the Dornier...
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1942
Heinkel He 111Z (Zwilling)
The He 111 Z (or "Zwilling") was a relatively successful joining of two He 111 medium-class bombers (detailed elsewhere on th...
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1933
Heinkel He 70 (Blitz)
The Heinkel 70 (Blitz) was originally born out of a need for a speedy aeroplane charged with "fast" mail delivery for the Deu...
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1945
Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose)
This famous Howard Hughes flying boat aircraft - formally designated by Hughes Aircraft as the H-4 "Hercules" - only ever ach...
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1949
Ilyushin IL-28 (Beagle)
The Ilyushin IL-28 (codenamed "Beagle" by NATO) holds many distinctions in the annals of aviation history - some combat relat...
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1968
Ilyushin IL-38 (May)
The Ilyushin IL-38 (NATO codename of "May") is a maritime patrol and anti-submarine platform utilized solely by the navies of...
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1975
Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
The Ilyushin IL-76 heavy transport was debuted in the early 1970s, entered service in the mid-1970s and is still operating to...
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1943
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1943
Junkers Ju 390 (New York Bomber)
The German Junkers Ju 390 long range heavy bomber aircraft design was intended to be able to strike at locations along the ea...
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1932
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1974
Kawasaki C-1
With restrictions as to what type of weapons development and exportation could occur in Japan during the immediate post-World...
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2016
Kawasaki C-2
With the need to modernize into an independent fighting force (apart from reliance on the United States) and keep in step wit...
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1942
Kyushu K11W Shiragiku (White Chrysanthemum)
Oft-forgotten, but no less important to the Japanese war effort of World War 2, was the Kyushu K11W Shiragiku ("White Chrysan...
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1956
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Easily one of the most successful military aircraft of the post-World War 2 age, the Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" continues in d...
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1965
Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
The Lockheed C-141 "Starlifter" became the United States military's first jet-powered, strategic transport when it was adopte...
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1970
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
At one time the Lockheed-built C-5 Galaxy was the largest aircraft ever produced, being able to field a compliment of 350 tro...
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2013
Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II
The Lockheed HC-130J "Combat King II" is a long-range Search and Rescue (SAR)/aerial refueling platform utilized by the Unite...
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1965
Lockheed L-100 Hercules
The excellent hauling capabilities and military market success that was the Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport eventually yiel...
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1962
Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules
The Lockheed KC-130 Hercules is a combination tanker-transport aircraft based on the hugely successful like of high-wing C-13...
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1966
Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talon (I / II)
The MC-130 series is represented by the MC-130E Combat Talon I and the MC-130H Combat Talon II systems. Both utilize the huge...
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2011
Lockheed MC-130J Commando II
The Lockheed MC-130J "Commando II" is an in-flight refueling platform of the United States Air Force, intended to refuel heli...
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1981
McDonnell Douglas / Boeing KC-10 Extender
The KC-10 Extender airframe is based on a modified Boeing DC-10 (more precisely the "DC-10-30CF" model) and retains some 88 p...
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1971
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 was one of several "tri-engine" jet-powered airliners developed into the 1970s. The aircraft mark...
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1941
Messerschmitt Me 321 Gigant (Giant)
The Messerschmitt Me 321 "Gigant" ("Giant") was developed as a large cargo hauler to help supplement German airborne troop ac...
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1943
Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant (Giant)
No sooner had the Messerschmitt Me 321 unpowered glider entered service that a powered version was being requested by the Ger...
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1936
Mitsubishi G3M Rikko (Nell)
The Mitsubishi G3M "Rikko" (codenamed "Nell" by the Allies) was a frontline, twin-engine medium bomber utilized primarily by ...
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1965
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1955
Myasishchev M-4 / 3M (Bison)
The Myasishchev M-4 (NATO codename of "Bison") was developed to a Soviet Navy requirement for a jet-powered, long-range marit...
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1942
Piaggio P.108
The Piaggio P.108 was a multi-faceted airframe developed to fulfill a variety of roles for the Italians during World War 2. S...
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1985
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1935
Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 Pipistrello (Bat)
The Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 Pipistrello ("Bat") served primarily with the Regia Aeronautica throughout the 1930s and 1940s. Th...
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2012
Shaanxi Y-9
The Chinese military is currently endorsing development of a plethora of military systems from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs...
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1985
Short C-23 Sherpa
The Short Brothers (sometimes shortened to "Shorts") concern was formed in 1908 with operations settled out of London (having...
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1935
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1967
Transall C-160
The Transall C-160 tactical transport aircraft was born out of a joint French-West German consortium known as "Transporter Al...
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1972
Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
The Tupolev concern of Russia holds an aviation history dating as far back as 1926, having since established a name in large ...
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1942
Waco CG-4 (Hadrian)
A new aerial war tactic was developed in World War 2 called "vertical envelopment" in which paratroopers dropped behind enem...
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2017
Xian Y-20 (Kunpeng)
After decades of relying - and then locally copying - Soviet Russian aircraft types, the Chinese undertook several indigenous...
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