Betts, William, 1st Lt

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First Lieutenant
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AAF MOS 1051-Pilot - Two-Engine
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Service Years
1942 - 1946
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First Lieutenant

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  • Barrett, James, 2nd Lt

 1945-1946, C-46 Commando
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 C-46 Commando Details

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Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando was an American transport aircraft originally designed for commercial use although it was primarily used during World War II by the United States Army Air Forces; the Navy/Marine Corps version was known as the R5C. Also known to the men who flew them as "The Whale," or even more irreverently as the "Curtiss Calamity," [2] the C-46 served a similar role as its counterpart, the Douglas C-47 Skytrain, but was not quite as famous or as extensively produced.

Postwar, C-46s were briefly used in their original role as passenger airliners, but the glut of surplus C-47s dominated the marketplace with the C-46 soon relegated to a secondary status. However, the C-46 was adopted as a rugged cargo aircraft for northern and remote locations with its service life extended into the 21st Century.

Model Curtiss-Wright C-46A Commando
Length 76.44 ft | 23.30 m
Width 78.54 ft | 23.94 m
Height 21.75 ft | 6.63 m
Engine(s) 2 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51 Double Wasp 18-cylinder radial engines generating 2,000hp of thrust each.
Empty Weight 30,001 lbs | 13,608 kg
MTOW 55,997 lbs | 25,400 kg
Max Speed 269 mph | 433 km/h | 234 kts
Max Range 1,199 miles | 1,930 km
Ceiling 27,559 ft | 8,400 m | 5.2 miles
Climb Rate Not Available
Hardpoints 0
Armament None.
Accommodations 4
Operators the United States of America

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Last Updated: Sep 7, 2009
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  41 Also There at This Aircraft:
  • Ammann, Philip, Sgt, (1942-1945)
  • Carroll, Gary
  • Hafford, George Henry, 2nd Lt, (1943-1945)
  • Harmening, Fred, TSgt, (1940-1970)
  • Hatfield, Gene, A1C, (1948-1956)
  • Krinke, Fred, Cpl, (1946-1947)
  • Sadowsky, Julius, Pvt, (1941-1946)
  • Ziner, Erwin N., 1st Lt, (1943-1946)
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