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User currently onlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 6147 posts, RR: 7
Posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1966 times:

Were C-46's built in an engineless glider version?

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User currently offlineSkymaster From Denmark, joined Apr 2001, 228 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1940 times:

No it was the C-47 Skytrain/Dakota.
It think only 1 was converted for testing, before the Waco CG-4 transport glider was operational.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

Somewhere in the dark recesses of memory, I recall a glider version of the C-46 also. That would have been one big glider though. I could, but won't, research the topic. That bit is up to anyone with time and motivation to do so.

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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

I don't recall a glider version of a C-46.

The C-123 was originally developed as a glider but was to late to see wartime service.

I think the C-47 was glide converted after the WACO was already in service. The WACO design was steel tube and much easier and cheaper to put together then a C-47 glider would have been.

I want to say the bulk of the gliders where made up of the WACO's and the British wood HORSA's.

Note about the HORSA's. They built a flying replica of the HORSA for the Orne bridge assault in the move, "The Longest Day".

The British CAA wouldn't grant the thing an airworthiness certificate so they weren't able to use it and had to use models for the assault on the Orne Bridge.

The funny thing is that thousands of Horsa's where used and flown quite successfully during the war. There was even a proposal for a motorized version.

[Edited 2003-04-05 06:49:52]

User currently offlineFBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

No,the C-46 was not contemplated as a glider.
The wing profile was completely different from the C-47's and would have created insurmountable problems when landing in the field.
It was also a very heavy construction,even without the engines.
BTW,the wingspan was wider than a B-17's.It was a big plane,indeed.

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