CURTISS C-46 COMMANDO

C-46 SERVICE

Manufacturer: The Curtiss-Wright Corp., Airplane Division, Buffalo, New York, USA
Model: CW-20
Designations: C-46; C-55, C-113, R5C
Name: Commando
First official flight: (CW-20) 26/03/1940
Factory production period: 1940 - 1945
Primary service period: 1942 - 1953
Last official flight: (C-46D) 06/1968

C-46 VARIANTS

1940 Model CW-20 CW-20 1 Total: 0001
         
1942 Model CW-20A C-46 25 Total: 0025
         
1942 Model CW-20B C-46A 1493  
1944 Model CW-20B-2 C-46D 1410 Total: 2903
         
1945 Model CW-20B-3 C-46E 17  
1945 Model CW-20B-4 C-46F 234  
1945 Model CW-20B-5 C-46G 1 Total: 0252

Grand Total: 3181

C-46 PRODUCTION

CW-20
Prototype twin engined civil transport, twin tail, pressurized.
1941, impressed into service as C-55-CS with single tail.
Produced 1940

Curtiss St. Louis, Missouri (CS)

NX19436 (civil reg.) 101

1

Total: 0001

C-46
As CW-20, troop transport, single tail, engine upgrade.
Produced 1942

Curtiss Buffalo, New York (CU)

41-5159 / 41-5183 26361 / 26385 25 Total: 0025

C-46A
As C-46, cargo doors, folding seats for troops, 4-bladed props.
Produced 1942 - 1945

Curtiss Louisville, Kentucky (CK)

43-46955 / 43-47304 26 / 375    
43-47315 / 43-47402
- 1 airframe c/n not applied.
386 / 472

438

 

Curtiss St. Louis, Missouri (CS)

43-46953, 43-46954 24, 25    
43-47305 / 43-47314 376 / 385

12

 

Curtiss Buffalo, New York (CU)

41-5184 / 41-5204 26386 / 26406    
41-12280 / 41-12433 26407 / 26560    
41-24640 / 41-24775 26561 / 26696    
42-3564 / 42-3683 26697 / 26816    
42-60942 / 42-61091 26817 / 26966    
42-96529 / 42-96828
- 271 as C-46A-CU.
- 29 as C-46D-CU.
30191 / 30490    
42-101036 / 42-101235
- 67 as C-46A-CU.
- 133 as C-46D-CU.
30492 / 30690    
42-107280 / 42-107399 26967 / 27086    
44-77444, 44-77446 32840, 32842

1041

 

Higgins New Orleans, Louisiana (HI)

43-43339, 43-43340 1, 2

2

Total: 1493

498 additional airframes cancelled.

C-46D
As C-46A, troop carrier, double rear paratroop doors.
Produced 1944 - 1945

Curtiss Buffalo, New York (CU)

162 mixed with C-46A-CU s/n.
44-77295 / 44-77443 32691 / 32839    
44-77445 32841    
44-77447 / 44-78344 32843 / 33740    
44-78345 / 44-78544 22168 / 22367 1410 Total: 1410

C-46E
As C-46D, stepped windscreen, squared wingtips,
single cargo door, 3-bladed props.
Produced 1945

Curtiss St. Louis, Missouri (CS)

43-47403 / 43-47419 2929 / 2945 17 Total: 0017
533 additional airframes cancelled.

C-46F
As C-46E, rounded nose, double cargo doors,
engine upgrade.
Produced 1945

Curtiss Buffalo, New York (CU)

44-78545 / 44-78778 22368 / 22601 234 Total: 0234
166 additional airframes cancelled.

C-46G
As C-46E, double cargo doors, engine upgrade.
Produced 1945

Curtiss Buffalo, New York (CU)

44-78945 22768 1 Total: 0001
599 additional airframes cancelled.

C-46I - Not used.
C-46J - Projected production version of C-46E, cancelled.
XC-46K
- Projected production version of C-46F, cancelled.

Grand Total: 3181

C-46 CONVERSIONS

Military Conversions

USAAF / USAF

TC-46A 1+ C-46A, crew trainers.
EC-46A 1+ C-46A, "E"xempt airframes, also used for aircraft doing airways checks.
ZEC-46A 1 EC-46A, 1948, "E"xempt / "obsolete" aircraft.
ZC-46A 1+ C-46A, 1948, redesignation as "obsolete".
XC-46A 1 C-46A(43-46956), temporary conversion for development tests.
XC-46B 1 Model CW-20B-1
C-46A (43-46953), 1943, stepped windscreen, engine upgrade.
XC-46C 2 C-46A, RATO (Rocket-Assisted Take-Off) conversions.
EC-46D 3 C-46A, 1973-1978, foreign designation for ECM trainers with the JASDF.
TC-46D 15 C-46D, crew trainers.
ZC-46E 17 C-46E, 1946, redesignation as "obsolete", sold to a civil operator.
C-46H 1 C-46A(42-107294), 1946, more powerful version of C-46F.
Production for 300 cancelled.
XC-46L 3 Model CW-20H
C-46A, 1945, engine upgrade.
C-55 1 Model CW-20T
CW-20, 1941, Curtiss prototype impressed into USAAF service.
New s/n: 41-21041, later to England with BOAC (G-AGDI civil reg.).
Scrapped in 1943.
XC-113 1 C-46G, 1945-1948, 1 turboprop engine fitted for testing.
Redesignated ZXC-113 in 1948 as "obsolete". 

US Navy

R5C-1 160 C-46A, 1942-1950's, aircraft in service with the USMC.
Assigned BuNo. 39492 / 39611, 50690 / 50729.
10 additional conversions cancelled.
(R5C-1T) 1+ R5C-1, 1954, crew trainers.
(R5C-1Z) 1+ R5C-1, 1946, VIP / staff transports.

Civil Conversions

L.B. Smith Aircraft Corp., California conversions:
Smith Super 46-C - 1955, performance upgrades for civil applications.
Smith CW-20T
- 1956, engine upgrade, various improvements.

Riddle Airlines Inc., Florida conversion:
Riddle C-46R - 1956, performance upgrades for civil applications.
                           Three versions: C-46R-1, C-46R-5, C-46R-10.


FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - Many sold to foreign military services post WW2.
 - Many sold on civil market as freighters or airliners.

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