Air Enthusiast 2007-03
B.Norton - Ready for the Silent Assault /World war two/ (2)
"Just follow the rope!" View from the cockpit of a CG-4A in high tow above a C-47.
An early CG-4 stands ready for a training flight with tow line already attached to the fitting above the cockpit.
An improvised 'bulls-eye' mowed into a field served as a spot landing aid for CG-4 student pilots.
Despite its ungainly looks, the CG-4A was well behaved and comparatively easy to fly. This meant relatively few training hours were necessary before the student was judged sufficiently competent.
A pilot performing a rapid stopping manoeuvre during training by pitching the glider forward onto its nose skids, July 1943. The emergency exit doors have been removed for cooling in the hot summer weather and for rapid egress.
"Just follow the rope!" View from the cockpit of a CG-4A in high tow above a C-47.
A TG-4 acts as the centrepiece for a War Bonds gala soon after the US entered the conflict. For a brief period, glider pilots were seen as warrior heroes!
A Schweizer TG-3 in civilian markings is hauled aloft by a winch, the parachute near the nose is used to lower the line gently once released. The TG-3 was an improved TG-2, more suitable for Army training.
The US Army's first glider, a Schweizer TG-2, is assembled for flight after being removed from its trailer. A direct copy of a successful civilian competition design, it was contracted for and delivered in the span of three months
Two of the men most influential in the US Army Glider programme was Air Corps chief General 'Hap' Arnold (rear) and Major (soon Colonel) Fred Dent (front). They are trying out the Army’s first glider, a Schweizer TG-2 during September 1941 in New York.
Reputable American sailplane maker Hawley Bowlus wasn't as good a businessman. His XTG-12 did eventually fly, illustrated trials in the California desert, but it was too late and with too little evidence of production capacity.
The two-place Pratt, Read & Co LNE-1 was built for Navy and Marine Corps glider pilot training and featured unusual side-by-side seating. That programme folded in 1943 and the gliders were transferred to the Army as the TG-32, though they were simply stored.
The XTG-5, the first three-seat glider trainer, at Aeronca's Ohio facility, ready to fly just days after the idea of converting its L-3 lightplane was suggested.
Few of the aircraft employed in the US combat glider programme could be considered elegant, and the TG-8 was farthest from such an accolade. Built by Piper, the type provided efficient training for tough business