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Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando was a transport aircraft originally
derived from a commercial high-altitude airliner design. It was
instead used as a military transport during World War II by the
United States Army Air Forces as well as the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps
under the designation R5C. Known to the men who flew them as "The
Whale," or the "Curtiss Calamity," the C-46 served a similar role
as its counterpart, the Douglas C-47 Skytrain, but was not as
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