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C-46 Commando Extra

31 August 2012

C-46 Commando Extra

So much material was found in researching the last post I had to leave some images behind so that post wouldn’t be too lengthy. So, here are more images which were not included in the previous post 🙂

Curtiss C-46A Commando in flight over “The Hump” — U.S. Air Force photo

C-46 Commando cockpit, the streamlined nose is notable from the inside as well as the outside — U.S. Air Force photo

Diorama at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force showing installation of pierced steel planking for airstrip operation and a Jeep loaded within a C-46 — U.S. Air Force photo

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 31 August 2012 09:05

    The C-46 Commando was also used by (Then Colonel) Heinie Aderholt and the clandestine CIA insurgent effort in Tibet during the 1950s.
    Joe, again you have really out done yourself! Indeed you have brought to the forefront a almost forgotten aircraft which has been over shadowed by it’s more famous cousin the Douglas DC-3 (or C-47) only because there were more DC-3s built and cheaper to maintain and produce… (Because the DC-3 was non-pressurized)
    Thanks, I can see that 20th century aviation memories are just as important to you as they are to us at… For sure our history is important and folks like you who continue to open the pages of history books by showing these marvelous pictures and telling thier place in history are influencing many.
    Thanks Joe for being that leader we need…
    JR Hafer

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      4 September 2012 21:35

      Cool tip regarding Aderholt. Tibet in the 1950s — that had to have been interesting as well as remote.


      • 4 September 2012 21:54

        Joe if you want to read about Heinie get “Air Commando One” it is a book about General Harry C. Heinie Aderholt (actually his biography, By Warren A. Trest. Heinie was a good friend of mine he just died in 2009
        JR Hafer

      • travelforaircraft permalink*
        4 September 2012 23:07

        Sorry I missed a chance to speak with him but thanks for the book’s title — it’s been placed on the list for the next book order 🙂

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