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
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.
Aspect views of the Waco.
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
Inside View of the Waco
View of the Waco interior from amidships inside the fuselage looking toward the cockpit. Note the inverted
General Ridgway and Frank Kehr sitting in the cockpit of the CG-4A. Photo courtesy of George Brennan.
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.
PG-1 - First U.S. Army Air Force powered glider during WWII
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