It was externally much the same but had an additional fuel tank in the wing center section and some other small changes. BACK_TO_TOP * The general configuration of the Il-76T was so much along the lines of the earlier US Lockheed C-141 Starlifter military transport that it is hard to believe Ilyushin engineers didn't find the C-141 an interesting source of ideas.

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However, the Il-76T was clearly not a copy of the C-141.

Anybody who built a four-jet high-speed cargolifter was likely to come up with a configuration along such lines, and the resemblance between the two aircraft was no greater that, say, between the Messerchmitt Bf 109 and the P-51 Mustang.

The obstacles were overcome and the initial flight of the first production machine was on .

Service deliveries for operational evaluation began late in 1973, with the Il-76 reaching full service with the VTA in 1975.

The wing featured high-lift devices to provide short takeoff capability.

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