Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
Technical Information

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 Command.

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.

Technical Details
Crew  One (Pilot)
Engine  2 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51 Double Wasp 18-cylinder, twin-row radials engines
Span  108'
Length  76.3'
Height  21.7'
Maximum Speed  270 mph
Range   3,150 miles
Capacity  10,000 lbs of cargo or 40 seats for passengers

  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram