Curtiss C-46 Commando

ICAO aircraft code C46
Manufacturer Curtiss
Country United States
New price USD 0.313 million (1945)

The Curtiss C-46 Commando is a twin-engine transport aircraft derived from the Curtiss CW-20 pressurised high-altitude airliner design.


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Curtiss C-46 Commando specifications


ICAO aircraft code
1940 - 1945
United States
New purchase price
USD 0.313 million (1945)

Aircraft performance

2x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51 Double Wasp
2,000 HP
Max Cruise Speed:
235 Kts
435 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
61 Kts
Travel range:
2,740 Nm
5,074 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
24,500 feet
Rate of Climb:
1175 feet / minute
5.97meter / second
Take Off Distance:
900 meter - 2,952.72 feet
Landing Distance:
762 meter - 2,499.97 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
21,772 Kg
47,999 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
20,412 Kg
45,000 lbs
Max Payload:
6,800 Kg
14,991 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
1,406 gallon
5,322 liter

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About the Curtiss C-46 Commando

The Curtiss C-46 Commando is a twin-engine transport aircraft derived from the Curtiss CW-20 pressurised high-altitude airliner design. Early press reports used the name “Condor III”, but the Commando name was in use by early 1942 in company publicity. It was used as a military transport during World War II by the United States Army Air Forces and also the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps, which used the designation R5C. The C-46 served in a similar role to its Douglas-built counterpart, the C-47 Skytrain, but it was not as extensively produced as the latter.

After World War II, a few surplus C-46 aircraft were briefly used in their originally designated role as passenger airliners, but the glut of surplus C-47s dominated the marketplace and the C-46 was soon relegated to primarily cargo duty. The type continued in U.S. Air Force service in a secondary role until 1968. The C-46 continues in operation as a rugged cargo transport for arctic and remote locations with its service life extended into the 21st century.

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