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1942 PhotoS of Soldiers, Jeeps, and a C-46 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: The photo at the bottom was put on eBay in 2014. Another photo from that same event (same date on the credit and same plane) was recently put on eBay. 

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“1942 Press Photo Army Jeep Moves up Ramp of Army’s Curtiss Commando Transport. This is an original press photo.

Designed to accommodate men and equipment Buffalo, New York – A. U.S. Army scout car or “jeep” is shown moving up the ramp preliminary to entering the unusually wide doors of the new, giant, 25-ton Curtiss Commando (C-46) military transport, the world’s largest twin-engined airliner, during tests by Curtiss-Wright Corporation to determine how quickly mobile equipment including field artillery, tractors and aircraft engines may be rushed to critical points in widely scattered battle zones of the United Nations.

After the mobile units are loaded, fully-equipped troops pour into the plane to occupy lightweight folding seats along the walls of the fuselage. The giant “troopship of the sky” is being produced in large numbers for the U.S. Army Air Forces. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-30-1942.”


Original Published January 2014:  The rear jeep is a GPW.

“1942- Long column of U.S. soldiers & jeeps boarding new Curtiss-Commando C-46 transport during test by Curtiss-Wright Corp. in Buffalo, NY.”

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3 Comments on “1942 PhotoS of Soldiers, Jeeps, and a C-46 on eBay

  1. Mike

    This reminds me of the popular advertisements 1950’s & 60’s in Mechanix illustrated and popular Mechanics, for army surplus Jeeps damaged by air drop selling for $50.00.

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