Western/Aeroclassics C-46 releases are fantastic. Fingers crossed for these sometime in the future:
Buffalo Airways C-GTPO:
This is one of the few C-46s still flying cargo around North America. TPO was previously done by Western in its old livery, but I would very much like to see it in its current “orange-tail” livery as it currently flies.
This is the famous “Miss Piggy” C-46 that crashed in Churchill, Manitoba on November 13, 1979. All crew survived and the plane still sits there and is not only a tourist attraction, but also deemed an historic site of Manitoba.
Air Manitoba C-GTXW:
C-GTXW “Ancient Lady” flew with Northland/Air Manitoba from 1987 until the mid-90’s. It wore this bright and beautiful livery before Air Manitoba’s AOC was pulled in 1994.
Riddle Airlines N74177:
The Miami-based Riddle Airlines lasted from 1945-1965 before the charter/freight airline was renamed Airlift International which it remained until it ceased operations in 1991. The company started with ex-military C-46 and DC-4 aircraft and this is easily one of the best liveries the C-46 has ever worn.
World-Wide Airways CF-IQJ:
This one has major historical significance as World-Wide Airlines (1947-1965) played a key role in establishing the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line in Northern Canada, as well as massive airlift operations for mining conglomerate Hollinger. They started with a Lancaster and replaced it with three C-46s in 1955. The following year, they added four more as well as four DC-3s. All of the Commandos and DC-3s were sold off between 1962-1965 and replaced by Super Connies, one which is currently part of the Museum of Flight’s collection in Seattle (wearing TCA colours). However, very shortly after, the company’s AOC was pulled in 1966, allegedly for flying food and livestock into embargoed Cuba. The CEO (former RAF pilot, Donald McVicar)’s resulting fight with the Canadian government landed him on the cover of Time Magazine in 1966. The Commandos wore a beautiful green and red livery on white. I can’t find a colour photo of the C-46s, but the livery looked very similar to the DC-3s shown below: