Legends Over Madera - Air Show 2009 - Madera, CA (Not affiliated with the 2010 Madera Air Show)  

May 29–31, 2009California Air Shows
Madera Airport, Madera CA

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C-46 - "China Doll"

The Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando was the largest and heaviest twin-engine aircraft to see service with the USAAF. It gained its greatest fame in airlifting supplies over the Himalaya Mountains in the China-Burma-India theater in World War II, although it saw action in every theater.

The C-46 began its career as a pressurized, 36-seat commercial airliner with twin rudders, but the Army saw greater utility for the aircraft as a transport. The USAAF first flew the prototype on March 26, 1940, modified it to have a single fin, and designated it the C-55. Demand for the aircraft grew rapidly, and redesignated as the C-46 Commando, the aircraft entered service with the USAAF in 1942.

The “China Doll” was one of the 234 C-46Fs built at the Curtiss plant in Buffalo, New York. It rolled off the assembly line in July 1945. Early assignments included the Sedalia Army Air Base and other bases in the US. The plane was used as a transport and glider tow plane, and flew with the military until the early 1950s.




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