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Curtiss C-46
1948-1971

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With the incorporation of Curtiss C-46 was possible to reached Brazil's north and northeast. VARIG created three different configurations: Luxury (passengers only), Mixed (passengers and cargo) and Freighter (cargo only). The Luxury version had only 36 seats, in a 2+2 configuration. The seats were wider than the original configuration. The Mixed version had 46 seats in 2+3 configuration.
After purchase Real-Aerovias-National, in 1961, VARIG's C-46 fleet doubled. In order to get more power on takeoff, some C-46 were equipped with turbojet Turbomeca, installed under aircraft's wings. VARIG also modified some C-46, equipping them with Curtiss Electric propellers and more powerful engines. Those aircraft were known as Super C-46. Curtiss C-46 and Super C-46 operated VARIG's main domestic lines during 50s and 60s, as well as some international routes to South America.

 

Operated units

22

Constructor

Curtiss-Wright Corp. USA

Engine

two Pratt & Whitney, R-2800-75 2000 HP - Commando
two Pratt & Whitney, R-2800-83 AM4 2100 HP - Super C-46

Wingspread

108 feet

Length

76,31 feet

Height

21,75 feet

Cruising speed

192 miles/hr. - Commando
182 miles/hr. - Super C-46

Flight reach

2,411 miles

Maximum flight altitude

27,593 feet

Cruiser radius

8 hs 50 min

Empty aircraft weight

30,836 pounds - Commando

Maximum take-off weight

45,004 pounds Command
50,108 pounds Super C-46

Technical crew

03 (2 pilots and 1 radio telegraph operator)

Maximum number of passengers

46

Maximum fuel capacity

1,173 gallons

Maximum cargo capacity

11,047 pounds

Minimum runway length

2,952 feet

Minimum land strip length

2,952 feet

 

 

 

 

 

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