Varig was a previous operator of HR-LAJ (as PP-VBQ). At the time of the photo it was fitted with what appears to be a stepped windshield. Later photos of this aircraft show it with a standard C-46 windshield as does a photo of it in Varig service, so what the story is is not known. It is not the same cockpit glazing as the C-46E, a limited production model with a stepped windshield.
First flown by the USAAF in 1943 then the USMC, this Commando was converted to Super 46C standard in 1957 and joined Varig, finding her way to Haiti as HH-22 in 8.70. In 10.78 "La Perle des Antilles" was re-registered HH-AHA and continued in service for another 10 years or so before being wfu at Port-au-Prince, where she remained in a very derelict state