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Curtiss C-46 Commando

Curtiss Commando was born as a design for a 36-seat commercial airliner with a pressurized cabin, designated the "CW-20". Development began in 1936 with the Curtiss design team, led by George W. Page. The CW-20 was planned as a larger, more reliable and more powerful competitor to the Douglas DC-3, which was just entering service at the time.

Curtiss-Wright CW-21 or American Interceptor in the hands of Dutch pilots, part 2

The first Japanese raid on Java occurred on February 2, 1942. The Curtiss-Wrights remained on the ground that day. They first flew against the enemy the next day, February 3, 1942. The Japanese attacked seventy Mitsubishi G3M Nell bombers from Takao KΓ³kΓΊtai, Kanoya KΓ³kΓΊtai and 3. KΓ³kΓΊtai, whose air cover was provided by forty-four fighters Mitsubishi A6M Reisen (Zero) from Tainan KΓ³kΓΊi. KΓ³kΓΊtai.

Tomahawks over Moscow

In mid-September 1941, members of the 126th IAP appeared at Kadnikov Airport. The base was located 140 km from the city of Vologda, near the railway line connecting this agglomeration with the port of Arkhangelsk. At the airport, pilots from the 126th IAP were awaited by, for the Soviets at that time, very unusual aircraft: American fighters Curtiss Tomahawk. They were provided by the new allies of Stalin's Soviet Union - the British. A special-purpose alliance was formed less than three months ago, after the German attack on the USSR. Fighter jets perched around the airport's runway were one of its first practical implications.

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