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CURTISS Commando (N1837M)



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jesse kyzer
N1837M is reg to a 1944? CURTISS WRIGHT C-46F-1-CU S/N: 44-78565 Commando "Hot Stuff"
.....Some history at: http://www.aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier.php?Serial=3037
SUPER THANK YOU! to everyone who helps keep these Ol’ historical birds flying
ken kemper
Awesome photo Jeroen..............
hal pushpak
Oh wow. Love this. Thank You!
Also thanks to jesse kyzer for the link.
(She was once named Miss Piggy!)
Thanks also to the dedication of the mechanics and engineers who saved it from the scrapyard and rebuilt it after the accident.
David Seider
I sure hope that I'm this good-looking when I'm 74 years old.
Yeah, a little dinged up in places, but that's OK. It just means that you've lived an active life.
Lucius Gravely
I always wondered why the C-46 didn't become the "plane of the century" instead of the DC-3. Much more powerful (R-2800's), faster and greater load capacity.
Jerry J Huang
I wonder how many and where are those airworthy C-46’s? I’d really feel like to see her flying. It is majestic!
a mentor
Role Military transport aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Curtiss-Wright
First flight 26 March 1940
Introduction 1941
Status Active in limited civilian use
Primary users United States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy
Produced 1940–1945
Number built 3,181[1]

Patrick Keohane
@Lucius Gravely, If there had been no DC-3, there would not have been any C-46 or any other modern a/c that was inspired by the DC-3. Pretty much every modern passenger or cargo plane has elements that were incorporated into the DC-3 design.

In football, you have what is called "Coaching Trees" where a great many current coaches can trace their coaching lineage back to an earlier coach. In aircraft, the "design tree" can almost always be traced back to the DC-3.
When I was in the USAF stationed in Panama we had a flock of them we called them the
Pregnant Gooney Birds
They had many problems with the elevators.
David Mursch
Korean Air Force (ROKAF) operated C-46's. Flew with them to Cheju-
ddo and P-Y-Do in 1966. At P-Y-Do,Rokaf radar station just off the North Korean coast at the time, landed on the beach at low tide. All crew members carried side arms in case of NK attack. Cheju-Do was another radar site. Grass landing field. Weather station there was a dugout with wind indicator and field telephone,
Daniel Popovitch
Thanks for the history, Mentor.
Ross Selvidge
In the late 1960s and early 1970s in Vietnam and elsewhere in SE Asia, Continental Air Service operated a fleet of aircraft serving various US government agencies (not as dodgy as Air America). They had a C-46 several C-47s, Dornier STOL, SkyVan, and a couple of Beechcraft Barons. I was a Navy construction officer with projects at remote sites all around the Vietnam Central Highlands building facilities for the Vietnamese Army. I was usually flown around to my job sites in one of the Barons but at one time or another I rode in all the others... except the C-46. I regret not getting a ride in it. In my command, because of its shape, it was referred to as the "flying football."
Daniel Popovitch
David, also. thanks .so many guys with so much interesting stuff.
frank theriault
What a gorgeous aircraft! Beautiful photo, thanks for posting. Loved reading the comments, too, most educational!
a mentor
A school chum's father "flew the hump" in a Commando. No radio beacons, no fields to which they might divert -- it was all or nothing. With the loads they were carring, these were literally at their service ceilings!!!

patrick baker
my first flight as a passenger was in one of these flying cigars. I got off first, and my parents found their 4 year old son standing under the aircraft gazing fondly up at the ungainly bird. A few thousand hours flight time later i still enjoy the look of this buzzard....This things looks only slightly pregenant
Royd Nuckols
As an Army PsyOp officer in Vietnam in the early 70s I occasionally had to go to places where Army aviation didn't. Fortunately, Air America did and I had the pleasure of getting there on one of these old beauties, ususlly out of Vung Tau, or one of their Volpar conversion Beech 18s. Loved these reliable old round-engine 46s.
Fabulous action shot!
Dave Mitchell
Awesome shot Jeroen! KUDOS and Thanks!!
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
27-Oct-2020 UnknownWilder/Natwick Llc ()Kenai Muni () 03:44PM AKDT 04:24PM AKDT 0:40
27-Oct-2020 UnknownKenai Muni ()Wilder/Natwick Llc () 02:09PM AKDT 02:57PM AKDT 0:48
27-Oct-2020 UnknownNear Homer, AKKenai Muni () First seen 01:12PM AKDT 01:32PM AKDT 0:20
27-Oct-2020 UnknownKenai Muni ()Iliamna () 11:08AM AKDT 12:05PM AKDT 0:56
22-Oct-2020 UnknownNear Iliamna, AKKenai Muni () First seen 01:18PM AKDT 02:06PM AKDT 0:48
22-Oct-2020 UnknownKenai Muni ()Iliamna () 11:57AM AKDT 12:49PM AKDT 0:51
22-Oct-2020 UnknownWilder/Natwick Llc ()Kenai Muni () 10:38AM AKDT 11:21AM AKDT 0:42
22-Oct-2020 UnknownKenai Muni ()Wilder/Natwick Llc () 09:31AM AKDT 10:13AM AKDT 0:41
21-Oct-2020 UnknownNear Iliamna, AKKenai Muni () First seen 07:34PM AKDT 08:25PM AKDT 0:50
21-Oct-2020 UnknownFairbanks Intl ()Iliamna () 04:34PM AKDT 07:04PM AKDT 2:30
18-Oct-2020 UnknownFairbanks Intl ()Near Fairbanks, AK 01:13PM AKDT 02:00PM AKDT 0:46
18-Oct-2020 UnknownFairbanks Intl ()Fairbanks Intl () 12:05PM AKDT 01:05PM AKDT 1:00
17-Oct-2020 UnknownFairbanks Intl ()Fairbanks Intl () 04:47PM AKDT 05:33PM AKDT 0:45
17-Oct-2020 UnknownFairbanks Intl ()Fairbanks Intl () 03:36PM AKDT 04:37PM AKDT 1:01
16-Oct-2020 UnknownFairbanks Intl ()Fairbanks Intl () 02:53PM AKDT 03:41PM AKDT 0:48
16-Oct-2020 UnknownFairbanks Intl ()Fairbanks Intl () 01:48PM AKDT 02:45PM AKDT 0:56
16-Oct-2020 UnknownFairbanks Intl ()Fairbanks Intl () 01:03PM AKDT 01:11PM AKDT 0:08
16-Oct-2020 UnknownFairbanks Intl ()Fairbanks Intl () 12:02PM AKDT 12:50PM AKDT 0:47
16-Oct-2020 UnknownFairbanks Intl ()Fairbanks Intl () 10:58AM AKDT 11:54AM AKDT 0:56
15-Oct-2020 UnknownFairbanks Intl ()Near Fairbanks, AK 04:11PM AKDT 05:57PM AKDT 1:45
15-Oct-2020 UnknownFairbanks Intl ()Fairbanks Intl () 02:26PM AKDT 03:31PM AKDT 1:05
15-Oct-2020 UnknownFairbanks Intl ()Near Fairbanks, AK 01:01PM AKDT 02:17PM AKDT 1:15
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