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Curtiss C-46D Commando: Aircraft profile

The C-46 was developed from the new and unproven commercial aircraft design, the CW-20, which first flew in March 1940.

Curtiss C-46D Commando: Curtiss C-46 in flight (S/N 41-5159), the first C-46 built, and Curtiss P-40F (S/N 41-13997). (U.S. Air Force photo)Curtiss C-46D Commando: Curtiss C-46 in flight (S/N 41-5159), the first C-46 built, and Curtiss P-40F (S/N 41-13997). (U.S. Air Force photo)

Deliveries of AAF C-46s began in July 1942 for the Air Transport Command and Troop Carrier Command. During World War II, the USAAF accepted 3,144 C-46s for hauling cargo and personnel and for towing gliders. Of this total, 1,410 were C-46Ds.

Curtiss XF-87: Aircraft profile

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The XF-87 was the last aircraft built by Curtiss Aircraft.

Curtiss XF-87 flight: Curtiss XF-87. (U.S. Air Force photo)Curtiss XF-87 flight: Curtiss XF-87. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The specification originally called for a twin-engine, single-place fighter, which evolved into an attack aircraft (XA-43) and finally to a quad-jet, twin-place, all-weather, high-altitude fighter. Two prototype XF-87s were built (S/N 45-59600 and 46-522), the second of which was modified to the sole XF-87A.

Curtiss P-36 Hawk: Aircraft profile

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The P-36, developed from the Curtiss Hawk Model 75 originally designed for France, was first produced for the Air Corps in 1938.

Curtiss P-36 Hawk: DAYTON, Ohio -- Curtiss P-36A Hawk at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)Curtiss P-36 Hawk: DAYTON, Ohio -- Curtiss P-36A Hawk at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Army Air Corps obtained 243 P-46s, including 30 P-36G export models seized by the U.S. government in 1942 because of the German occupation of Norway.

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