1944 Curtiss C-46D "Commando"
s/n 44-77545   Reg: CP-973
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Plane is sold F.O.B. Cochabamba, Bolivia 
 

  SPECIFICATIONS

1944 Curtiss C-46D Commando

S/N 44-77545

Airframe:    

12,865 Total Time Since New

        

Engine #1:

Pratt & Whitney R-2800 CB-16

19.2 SMOH

 

Engine #2: 

Pratt & Whitney R-2800 CB-16

19.2 SMOH

 

Prop #1:    

Hamilton Standard 33E60

0 SMOH

 

Prop #2      

Hamilton Standard 33E60

0 SMOH

 

 

Avionics:        

1x King KX 175 BE TSO

1x King KMA 24 TSO

1x Bendix / King KMD 150 (new)

1x HF  Yaesu FT 840

1x Narco 841 TSO

 

Interior:            

New Carpet - Brown

New Seats - Red & tan Leather (32 seats)

New Roof Fabric - Beige

New Floor

New Lavatory w/ Smoke Detector

New Baggage Compartment 

New Galley

 

Cockpit:          

New Fabric / Leather on Seats

New Upholstery - Roof

New Floor

New Panel

 

Exterior:          

New Paint: White with Red Stripes

Polished Aluminum

 

Additional Equipment:

New Tires

New Paint - Landing Gear

New Tail Exhaust

New Aluminum Control Surfaces

New Cabin Windows - Plexiglass

All new Hoses

25,000 Screws Replaced

New Cowling Fasteners

New Fuel Tank Collars

New Safety Walk

All Accessories Overhauled

All AD's complied with

Fuel Tank Accessories Overhauled

Oil Tanks Overhauled

 

Other: This beautifully restored C-46D Commando is currently the only C-46 flying in the World in full passenger configuration.  

 

 

WWII Combat History -  Operation Varsity

 

Operation Plunder began at 9 pm on the evening of 23 March,  1945 and by the early hours of the morning of 24 March Allied ground units had secured a number of crossings on the eastern bank of the Rhine. 

 

In the first few hours of the day, the transport aircraft carrying the two airborne divisions that formed Operation Varsity began to take off from airbases in England and France and began to rendezvous over Brussels, before turning northeast for the Rhine dropping zones. The airlift consisted of 541 transport aircraft containing airborne troops, and a further 1,050 troop-carriers towing 1,350 gliders. The 17th Airborne Division consisted of 9,387 personnel, who were transported in 836 C-47 Skytain transports, 72 C-46 Commando transports (including 44-77545), and more than 900 Waco CG-4A gliders. 

 

The 6th Airborne Division consisted of 7,220 personnel transported by 42 Douglas C-54 and 752 C-47 Dakota transport aircraft, as well as 420 Airspeed Horsa and General Aircraft Hamilcar gliders. This immense armada stretched more than 200 miles (322 km) in the sky and took 2 hours and 37 minutes to pass any given point, and was protected by some 2,153 Allied fighters from the US Ninth Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The combination of the two divisions in one lift made this the largest single day airborne drop in history. At 10 am British and American airborne troops belonging to the 6th Airborne Division and 17th Airborne Division began landing on German soil, some 13 hours after the Allied ground assault began.

 

Today, 44-77545 is one of only seven airworthy survivors. 

 

Sold: F.O.B. Bolivia 

Location: Bolivia

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SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION UPON INSPECTION



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