The Curtiss C-46 Commando is a transport aircraft derived from the Curtiss CW-20 pressurised high-altitude airliner design.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.
Capacity: 15,000 lb (6,800 kg) cargo
Length: 76 ft 4 in (23.27 m)
Wingspan: 108 ft 0 in (32.91 m)
Height: 21 ft 9 in (6.62 m)
Wing area: 1,360 ft2 (126.3 m2)
Empty weight: 30,669 lb (14,700 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 45,000 lb (20,140 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51 two-row 18-cylinder radial engines, 2,000 hp (1,492 kW) each
Maximum speed: 270 mph (235 knots, 435 km/h) at 15,000 ft (4,600 m)
Cruise speed: 173 mph (150 knots, 278 km/h)
Range: 3,150 mi (2,739 nmi, 5,069 km at 173 mph (278 km/h))
Service ceiling: 24,500 ft (7,468 m)
Rate of climb: 1,175 ft/min (6.0 m/s)
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