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Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
Technical Information

Background
The largest and heaviest twin-engine aircraft to see service with the Army Air Forces, this transport gained its greatest fame in airlifting supplies over "The Hump" (Himalayan Mountains) in the China-Burma-India theater in World War II, although it saw action in every theater.

The C-46 was the largest and heaviest twin-engine transport aircraft to see service with USAAF.  Some C-46s were used for glider towing and a few served in the Korean Conflict with the Combat Cargo Command.

R5
US Navy / USMC designation for the C-46. 160 R5Cs were assigned to the Marine Corps.

C-46s were in limited Air Force service as late as 1969. Many went into civilian hands after World War II, and a fair number are still in use today.

Production
A total of 1,490 C-46As were built, which included 160 R5Cs for the Marine Corps. The other major variant was the C-46D, with 1,410 aircraft built.

Technical Details
Crew  One (Pilot)
Engine  2 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51 Double Wasp 18-cylinder, twin-row radials engines
Span  108'
Length  76.3'
Height  21.7'
Maximum Speed  270 mph
Range   3,150 miles
Capacity  10,000 lbs of cargo or 40 seats for passengers

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