TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN COMBAT GLIDER PILOTS OF WORLD WAR II
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THE WACO CG-4A COMBAT ASSAULT GLIDER
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Restored Waco on display at the Silent Wings Museum, Terrell, Texas. Note: The Silent Wings Museum is being moved to Lubbock, Texas.
"Waco CG-4A Glider. Max. Towed Speed: 150 mph; Weight: 7,500 lbs. maximum; Span: 83 ft. 8 in.; Length: 48 ft. 4 in. The Waco was the most widely used U.S. troop/cargo glider of WWII with more than 12,000 procured. Towed by C-46's or C-47's (and sometimes by bombers), CG-4A's were used in the invasions of Sicily and France and in other airborne operations in Europe and Asia. The CG-4A displayed at the Silent Wings Museum, Terrell, Texas, is painted in D-Day invasion markings." (Silent Wings Museum Postcard - Photo and caption courtesy of Silent Wings Museum).
Restored Waco CG-4A on display at the USAF Museum Wright-Patterson AFB. Note the skids under the nose. These replaced the nose wheels found on powered aircraft.
Photos/Information courtesy of the US Air Force Museum
Waco in flight. Note the tow line leading from the nose.
The Waco was made of metal tubing, canvas and wood and carried no armor
Waco CG-4A probably on the ground in the U.S. Note U.S. markings and silver finish. Once the gliders were shipped to Europe and Asia, they were painted dark green. Invasion markings were also added prior to invasions to allow ground troops and naval forces to more easily identify friendly aircraft.
Diagram depicting loading and unloading of a Waco. Note the struts holding the tail section off the ground.
"Development and Use of the Waco CG-4A Cargo Glider Deceleration Parachute (A pdf file with several interesting pictures.)
Copies of Waco Loading Manifests - pdf files: Manifest 1 -- Manifest 2 -- Manifest 3
(Will not download for some reason - working on it.)
Below specifications from "The Aviation Enthusiast Corner."
Link to a great website with many detailed pictures by Michael Boyd of the Waco's construction: http://tanxheaven.com/mbo/CG-4A-WacoGlider/CG-4A-WacoGlider.htm
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