ALFRED DAMEN COLLECTION
No. 3944. Curtiss CW-20T Super 46C (LV-GGM c/n 26800) Austral "Pilpil"
Photographed at Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1964

Curtiss CW-20T Super 46C

08/31/2006. Remarks by Jack McKillop: "Built as a Model CW-20B C-46A-35-CU, USAAF s/n 42-3667, and delivered to the USAAF on February 20, 1944. Five days later, the aircraft was transferred to the US Navy as R5C-1 BuNo. 39542 and assigned to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina, USA. The military career of this aircraft is unknown.

It was sold to Marco Industries Inc. in February 1957 and registered N4083A; it was again sold in 1958 to L.B. Smith Aircraft Co. This company specialized in converting C-46s and this one was converted to a Model CW-20T Super 46C. The conversion consisted of about 30 airframe and engine improvements the most important being the improvement in engine cooling.

On February 3, 1959, it was sold to Argentina's Austral - Compania Argentina de Transportes Aeros Saci of Buenos Aires and registered LV-PML; it was re-registered LV-GGM and named on March 19, 1959. The aircraft was leased to Aerotransportes Litoral Argentina (ALA) on November 24, 1966 to an unknown date. ALA and Austral merged in 1971 and this aircraft was withdrawn from use and stored in 1971 and subsequently scrapped."

Read the type remarks on page 9966.

Created February 12, 2005