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Curtiss C-46F N1822M
Photo ID: 1011545
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Model: Curtiss C-46F-1-CU
Commando, CW-20B-4
Registration: N1822M
Year: 1945 Serial Number: 44-78698, c/n 22521
Engine(s): P&W R2800-75M1, 18-Cyl. Twin Row Radial, 2000-Hp, B-Series Owner: Clifford R. Everts
Fairbanks, AK
Location: PAFA, Fairbanks International, Fairbanks, AK Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Date: July 2004 Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info): Same
Notes: 12/9/04 - Yeah baby, listen to this C-46 coming!

Curtiss built 234, C-46F-1-CU Commandos in 1945. The CU in the model indicates they were built in the Buffalo, NY plant. These aircraft bore USAF serial numbers 44-78545/ 44-78778 and Curtiss construction numbers (c/n) 22368/ 22601. This aircraft is s/n 44-78698, making it tail number 478698, and c/n 22521. Curtiss Wright gave the series their model CW-20-B4.

The C-46F differed from earlier variants by having a more rounded nose and double cargo doors. It also has a cargo door on the right side.

It was interesting to me, to learn that the USAF leased C-46's to the airlines in the 1950's, and then financed them when they were sold! See history from the FAA files, below.
Curtiss C-46, 44-78698, c/n 22521 photos
Photo ID: 1011546
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Notes: This is good. Man-o-man, one doesn't get to see this very often any more!
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
Curtis C-46 aircraft photos
Photo ID: 1011547
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Notes: "Ooookay - - people are watching. Will I get a greaser out of this one?"
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
Curtiss C-46, Everts, Alaska
Photo ID: 1011548
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Notes: N1822M is back on the ramp now. Fortunately, a very busy Everts gentleman walked out on the ramp with us for a few minutes. "Thank you", if you ever read this! We were the father-son duo, Ken and Ken from Ohio, in July, '04.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
Curtiss C-46 N1822M, 44-78698
Photo ID: 1011549
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Notes: Salmon Ella. Everts' C-46's each have a name and logo - - probably with a meaning that makes sense to people who know. I suspect that this one was a fish hauler at some time.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
Curtis Wright C-46 photos
Photo ID: 1011550
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Notes: Both cargo doors up, and you can see one of Everts' bulk fuel tanks in there.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
Curtiss Wright C-46 Everts Air Fuel
Photo ID: 1011551
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Notes: Salmon Ella has provided her crew some excitement over the years. In 1983 it blew a cylinder on the left engine and started a fire, near King Salmon. It burned through a hydraulic line and blew the fluid overboard. The left gear wouldn't come down, and the right gear went partially down but wouldn't go back up. It is a testament to both the crew and the aircraft that it was rebuildable.

Maybe the name Salmon Ella came from that experience. Someone tell me, and I'll post it.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
Curtiss C-46 Cargo door
Photo ID: 1011552
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Notes: The C-46F was built with a small cargo door on the right side in addition to the double doors on the left.

N1822M has been in Alaska since 1959. I'll bet it doesn't even shiver on cold nights any more!
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
History from FAA files: 1/50, Aircraft leased by USAF, Air Material Command, to Argonaut Airways Corporation; 1/50 Certification of Registration shows Argonaut Airways Corporation of Miami, FL as Lessee and Operator, and "United States Air Force of the National Defense Establishment of the United States", as Lessor and Owner. Aircraft was a Curtiss C-46-F, 44-78698, s/n 22521, N1822M.

1/50, Converted aircraft from military to commercial type. Among other things, the glider release mechanism was removed; 7/51 CAA 337, "Aircraft converted from Army type bucket seats to plush, soundproofed cabin with hat racks and floor rug." They installed a stewardess light and call system, water system, reworked the lavatories and other items for passenger use; 11/52, CAA 337 on 23 double Payloader seats.

6/53 337, major repairs to about 9' of lower nose section, in Miami; 7/53 337 on major repairs to the right wing, nacelle and aileron, installed overhauled RH engine and prop, in San Antonio; 10/54 Weight & Balance, #48,000 gross, 28,850 empty, 19,150 useful.

11/54, Government sold aircraft to Argonaut (A. G. Thomson Jr., President) for $74,121 and financed it for 24-months at 6% interest; 1/55, Registered to Argonaut Airways, as owner; 12/55 Transferred to A. G. Thompson's name; 5/59 To L. B. Smith Aircraft Corp, Miami, FL, who sold it to Aero Enterprises, Anchorage, AK; Repossessed 2/60 by Aviation Credit Corp of Miami; 2/60 Registered to ACC; 2/60 Back to L. B. Smith; 3/60 Sold to Executive Business Transportation, Anchorage, AK for $109,792; 4/63 To Reeve Aleutian Airways, Anchorage, AK; 4/82 To Warren W. or Christine M. Woods, Palmer, AK; 12/83 To John O. Magoffin, Jr., Anchorage, AK; 5/86 To Clifford R. Everts, Fairbanks, AK.
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