Curtiss C-46 Commando


Originally envisioned as a civil airliner, the Curtiss CW-20T
was the prototype for what would eventually become the C-46 Commando.


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Modified with a single tail to improve stability, the prototype was redesignated
'CW-20A' by Curtiss, purchased by the US Army, and given the USAAC designation 'C-55'.


Project 914 Archives (S.Donacik collection) - Larger Image



April 11th, 1942... an early C-46A rolls out of Curtiss Plant #2 at the Buffalo Airport, Cheektowaga, NY.


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C-46A 42-96535 of the 6th Ferrying Group.


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'Merk' and 'Kay'

These next two photos show a pair of Commandos of the Air Transport Command in the
CBI theater. They both appear to be from the same outfit, but I'm not sure which at the moment.


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A closer look at 'Kay'...


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And just for the heck of it, a closer look at Kay's admirer and the Ponies in the background...


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An anonymous C-46 at an equally anonymous airfield. CBI? PTO? We dunno...


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