How to Fly the C-46 Commando in FSX and P3D
How to Fly the C-46 Commando in FSX and P3D
The C-46 Commando is a classic twin-engine transport aircraft that was used by the US military and civilian operators during and after World War II. It is also known as the "Flying Coffin" because of its frequent mechanical failures and fuel tank explosions. However, despite its reputation, the C-46 is a versatile and powerful aircraft that can handle challenging conditions and heavy loads.
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If you want to experience flying this historic aircraft in your flight simulator, you can get the Just Flight C-46 Commando package[^1^], which includes military, cargo and civilian passenger variants of the aircraft as well as military and civilian cockpit configurations. The package is compatible with FSX, FSX: Steam Edition and all versions of P3D. It features realistic flight dynamics, 3D instrumentation, detailed engines, multiple animations and 19 liveries.
Here are some tips on how to fly the C-46 Commando in FSX and P3D:
Before starting the engines, make sure to turn on the battery, generator and fuel pumps. The C-46 has two fuel tanks in each wing, and you can select which tank to feed each engine using the fuel selector switches on the overhead panel.
To start the engines, use the magneto switches on the lower panel to set them to both, then press and hold the starter buttons on the overhead panel until the engines catch. You may need to use some throttle to help them along. Once the engines are running, set the magnetos to left or right.
The C-46 has a tailwheel configuration, which means it is prone to ground looping if not handled carefully. To taxi, use differential braking and small rudder inputs to steer. Avoid using too much power or turning too sharply.
To take off, apply full power and release the brakes. The C-46 has a lot of torque, so you will need to use right rudder to counteract the left turning tendency. As you gain speed, gently pull back on the yoke to lift off. The recommended takeoff speed is 120 mph.
To climb, reduce power to 40 inches of manifold pressure and 2400 rpm. The recommended climb speed is 140 mph. To level off, reduce power further to 30 inches of manifold pressure and 2200 rpm. The recommended cruise speed is 180 mph.
To descend, reduce power to 20 inches of manifold pressure and 2000 rpm. The recommended descent speed is 160 mph. To land, extend the flaps and gear when below 150 mph. The recommended approach speed is 120 mph. To flare, pull back on the yoke slightly and touch down on the main wheels first. Apply brakes gently to slow down and steer with rudder.
The C-46 Commando is a challenging but rewarding aircraft to fly in FSX and P3D. It will test your skills and give you a sense of history. If you want to learn more about this aircraft, you can check out some online reviews[^2^] [^3^] or watch some videos on YouTube.
The History of the C-46 Commando
The C-46 Commando was originally designed as a pressurized airliner by Curtiss-Wright Corporation in 1937. The prototype, called the CW-20, made its first flight on March 26, 1940. However, with the outbreak of World War II, the demand for military transport aircraft increased and Curtiss-Wright modified the CW-20 for military use. The first C-46 was delivered to the US Army Air Forces in 1942 and was named the Commando. [^1^] [^2^]
The C-46 was the largest twin-engine aircraft in the world at the time of its production and the heaviest twin-engine aircraft to see service in World War II. It had a distinctive "figure-eight" or "double-bubble" fuselage that enabled it to withstand high-altitude pressure and accommodate a large cargo bay. It was powered by two Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engines that gave it a maximum speed of 270 mph and a range of 3,150 miles. It could carry up to 40 troops, 30 stretcher patients or 15,000 lb of cargo. [^2^] [^3^]
The C-46 saw action on all fronts in World War II, but it was most famous for flying over the Himalayas, or "the Hump", from India to China, supplying the Chinese forces and the USAAF units based there. The C-46 was able to fly higher and faster than the C-47 Skytrain, which was also used for this mission, but it also faced more hazards such as extreme weather, enemy fighters and mechanical failures. The C-46 earned the nickname "the Flying Coffin" because of its frequent crashes and casualties. [^2^] [^4^]
The C-46 also participated in other operations such as towing gliders, dropping paratroopers, evacuating wounded and transporting VIPs. It served with the US Navy and Marine Corps under the designation R5C. A total of 3,181 C-46s were built before production ended in 1945. [^2^] [^4^]
The Post-War Fate of the C-46 Commando
After World War II, many surplus C-46s were sold or transferred to civilian operators, especially cargo airlines and air charter companies. Some of them were used for passenger service, but they could not compete with the more modern and comfortable airliners that emerged after the war. The C-46 was more suited for flying to remote and rugged locations where its performance and capacity were appreciated. [^4^]
The C-46 continued to serve in various military conflicts around the world, such as the Berlin Airlift, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iran-Iraq War. It also supported humanitarian missions such as airlifting relief supplies to disaster areas. Some C-46s were modified for special purposes such as aerial spraying, fire fighting and skydiving. The last C-46 in US military service was retired in 1968. [^4^]
Today, only a few C-46s remain in operation, mostly in Canada and Alaska where they are used for cargo flights to isolated communities. Some are preserved in museums or as monuments. The C-46 is a rare sight in the skies, but it is still remembered as a historic and heroic aircraft that played a vital role in World War II and beyond. 0efd9a6b88