Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
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
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.
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.
Crew One (Pilot)
Engine 2 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51 Double Wasp 18-cylinder,
twin-row radials engines
Maximum Speed 270 mph
Range 3,150 miles
Capacity 10,000 lbs of cargo or 40 seats for passengers