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Curtiss-Wright CW-20 (C-46 Commando), Images by Wernher Krutein, Les Clark and PHOTOVAULT®

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Curtiss-Wright CW-20 (C-46 Commando)

During 1937, Curtiss-Wright began design work on an all-metal twin engine airliner capable of carrying 36 passengers. This aircraft, known as the CW-20, was powered by two Wright R-2600 engines and was first flow by Curtiss-Wright Test Pilot Eddie Allen on March 26, 1940. Immediately after the first test flight of the CW-20, the Army Air Corps placed an order for 25 military cargo versions of the aircraft and designated it the C-46. The most notable modifications in the C-46's were fewer windows and Pratt & Whitney R-2800's which increased the gross weight from the 40,000 lbs. of the CW-20 model to the 50,675 lb. C-46. The Commando was one of the largest twin-engine aircraft of its time. The prototype CW-20 passenger liner designated the C-55 was evaluated by the Army but was rejected in favor of the c-46. This original CW-20, redesignated C-55, was transferred to Great Britain under Lend-Lease.
PHOTOVAULT ® AVIATION Museum contains a collection of historical photographs starting from the 1940's. Many pictures of airlines and types of airplanes. The following are links to most of the major existing commercial aircraft types: Airbus: A-300, A-310, A-320, A-330, A-340, A-380, Airspeed: Ambassador, Antonov: An-2, An-24, An-124, Avion de Transport Régional: ATR 42, ATR 72, British Aerospace: BAC-111, BAe/AVRO-146, BAe 748/ATP/Jetstream 61, BAe Jetstream31, Beech 1900, 99, Boeing: B-247, B-307, B-377, B-707, B-717, B-727, B-737, B-747, B-757, B-767, B-777, B-787, Breguet: 761 Deux Ponts, Britten-Norman: Trislander, Islander, Canadair: Regional Jet CRJ, Convair: 240 thru 680, 880 and 990, Curtis-Wright: CW-20, de Havilland: DH89, DH104, DH106 Comet, Dash-7, Dash-8, DHC-6 Twin Otter, Caribou, Trident, DinfiaI: A-50 Guarani, Dornier: 228, 328, Embraer: Bandeirante EMB-110, Brasilia EMB-120, ERJ-145, Fairchild: Metroliner, Fokker: F-27, F-50, F-28, F-70, F-100, Ford: Trimotor, Grumman: Goose, Ilyushin: Il-14, Il-18, Il-62, Il-86, Lockheed: Constellation, Electra, L-1011, L-100, Martin: 404, McDonnell Douglas (Boeing): DC-3, DC-6, DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, MD-80's, MD-90's, MD-11, SAAB: 340 & 2000, Short: 330 and 360, Sandringham, Sikorsky: VS44, Tupolev, Tu-104, Tu-134, Tu-154, The Concorde SST, SUD Caravelle, NAMC YS-11, Vickers: Viscount, Yakovlev: Yak 40, VFW-614


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