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With the situation in Europe deteriorating, US involvement in the war became inevitable. In 1940, large orders were placed for military aircraft.
In 1940 the debut flight of the CW-20, a thirty-six passenger airliner with a pressurized cabin showed great promise. The military version, the C-46, was developed with double cargo doors, a strengthened floor, loading winch and folding seats.
With a crew of four, plus fifty passengers and a military overload weight of 50,675 pounds, the C-46 was the largest and heaviest twin engine cargo transport of it’s day.
In 1943 the Japanese closed the Burma Road, necessitating an air bridge over the Himalayas, known as “The Hump.” The C-46 had twice the cabin volume and better high altitude performance than the C-47, so it was perfectly suited to the treacherous task.
This C-46 served with more than fifteen airlines after WWII.