C-46 Commando drawing

C-46 Commando drawing

Drawing of a Curtiss C-46 Commando transport

Derived from the Curtiss-wright CW-20 commercial airliner prototype, the C-46 Commando never quite gained the fame of its C-47 stablemate, despite being able to haul heavier loads. C-46 helped maintain the aerial lifeline to China over the Hump, with crews taking their often overloaded aircraft over some of the most treacherous terrain on the planet. The NMUSAF’s C-46D, 44-78018, was active until 1968, and was flight-delivered to Dayton four years later.