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Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando

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In 1940 Curtiss-Wright first flew the prototype CW-20, a 36-seat commercial airliner.  The U.S. Army was interested in the aircraft as a transport which entered service as the C-46 Commando in 1942.  Over 3,000 were built.

Although the Commando is overshadowed in fame by the Douglas C-47, the C-46 could carry a far greater load and was instrumental in supplying forces in China flying over "the Hump" (Himalayas) from India.

Specifications (C-46A)





Type: Transport
Engine: two 2,000 hp (1492 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51 radial piston engines
CW-20: Company (Curtiss-Wright)  designation
C-46: U.S. Army
R5C: U.S. Navy/Marines

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