The Curtiss C-46 Commando is a twin-engine transport aircraft. It was used as a military transport during World War II by the United States Army Air Forces and the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps. Illustrated with black & white pictures.
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|Used good (light folded marks on the corners, see attached pictures)
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|John M. Davis, Harold G. Martin and John A. Whittle
|Air Britains (Historians) Ltd
- General History
- Technical Description
- C-46 Variants
- Dimensions and Design Weights
- Three view drawing and exploded diagram
- C-46 Weights and Performance
- Direct Operating Costs
- Airline Operators
- C-46 Serial Ranges, C/ns, etc.
- C-46 Deliveries and Initial Assignments
- Introduction to Production List
- Production List
- C/ ns unknown
- Registration Index
- Late News
ABOUT THE CURTISS C-46 COMMANDO
The Curtiss C-46 Commando is a twin-engine transport aircraft derived from the Curtiss CW-20 pressurised high-altitude airliner design. Early press reports used the name "Condor III" but the Commando name was in use by early 1942 in company publicity. It was used as a military transport during World War II by the United States Army Air Forces and also the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps, which called it R5C. The C-46 served in a similar role to its Douglas-built counterpart, the C-47 Skytrain, but it was not as extensively produced as the latter.
After World War II, a few surplus C-46 aircraft were briefly used in their original role as passenger airliners but the glut of surplus C-47s dominated the marketplace and the C-46 was soon relegated to cargo duty. The type continued in U.S. Air Force service in a secondary role until 1968. The C-46 continues in operation as a rugged cargo transport for arctic and remote locations with its service life extended into the 21st century.
(Source : wikipedia.org)