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Curtiss C-46 Commando

Sat Apr 05, 2003 6:28 am

Were C-46's built in an engineless glider version?
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RE: Curtiss C-46 Commando

Sat Apr 05, 2003 6:39 am

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.
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RE: Curtiss C-46 Commando

Sat Apr 05, 2003 2:20 pm

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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RE: Curtiss C-46 Commando

Sat Apr 05, 2003 2:47 pm

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.

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RE: Curtiss C-46 Commando

Mon Apr 07, 2003 5:12 pm

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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