TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN COMBAT GLIDER PILOTS OF WORLD WAR II

                                                         

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THE WACO CG-4A COMBAT ASSAULT GLIDER PAGE 2

 

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The Waco still holds the record for the most number of manufacturers of a U.S. aircraft.  

 

 

Click here for the Air Force Association Magazine archive specifications, list of manufacturers and wartime production numbers  of the Waco CG-4A

 

 

Disassembled Waco

WacoDisassembled.jpg (15247 bytes)The Waco was shipped to the European and Asian Theaters in pieces and was assembled by the Glider Pilots and their ground crews.  Once the shipping containers were emptied, they were often converted into living quarters for the Glider Pilots and their ground crews.  

 

 

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 Aspect views of the Waco.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hinged Nose

WacoHingeNoseDrawing.jpg (8802 bytes)The Waco was designed to be loaded and unloaded through the front.  The nose hinged up to allow cargo such as jeeps or supplies to be loaded.  If the landing was not too destructive, the nose could be lifted.  Frequently, the landings were so rough that the glider was too heavily damaged for the cargo to be unloaded this way and it had to be cut out of the aircraft.  

 

Loading the Waco

WacoNoseUpJeepUnload.jpg (8323 bytes) A jeep being unloaded after a successful landing showing how the nose hinged up.

 

 

 

 

 

Inside View of the Waco

MidshipCockpitPhoto.jpg (9730 bytes)View of the Waco interior from amidships inside the fuselage looking toward the cockpit.  Note the inverted

 

ColCorcoran-FlipCorkin-CoBassGen&MrsRidgeway.jpg (101272 bytes)Photograph of Colonel Philip Corcoran, Colonel Bass, Major General Matthew Ridgway and Mrs. Ridgway at the dedication of the Waco CG-4A exhibit at the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.  (Those of you old enough to remember Milton Caniff's cartoon series "Terry and the Pirates," in the newspapers may remember his characters, "Flip Corkin," and "General Phileree."  Both of these characters were based on Colonel Philip Corcoran.)  Photo courtesy of George Brennan.

 

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General Ridgway and Frank Kehr sitting in the cockpit of the CG-4A.  Photo courtesy of George Brennan.

 

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Speech given by the representative of the National World War II Glider Pilots Association at the dedication of the Air Force Museum CG-4A exhibit.

 

 

 

wpeB.jpg (39528 bytes) Identification plate from a Waco that participated in Operation Market Garden

 

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PG-1 - First U.S. Army Air Force powered glider during WWII   

 

 

 

Link to U.S. Air Force Museum Waco CG-4A exhibit pages.

 

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