Waco Glider

These photos were taken by Robert N. Abbott Jr and Tracy & Jeni Saulino

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The 3 photos directly below were taken by Robert N. Abbott Jr

These 3 photos are of a Waco CG-4A Glider taken at the museum at Dover AFB

view from left side view from behind view from behind

Photos directly below were taken McChord AFB's museum of parts of a Waco Glider that was produced by Waco Aircraft of Ohio. The Waco CG-4A became the most widely used glider in World War II. More than 12,000 of them were produced. Built with a fuselage of steel tubing and wings of plywood, it could be towed at a maximum speed of 150 mph, carrying around 7,000 pounds in cargo and men. This was in theory. In practice, the gliders were frequently overloaded.  These gliders were made famous for their use in D-Day.  After the war the gliders were purchased by civillians, because the crates the gliders came in contained a large sum of wood that could be used for the post war housing boom.  Most of this gliders were junked after the wood from the crates was reused.  Very very few still exist...maybe less than a handful.

The 2 photos directly below were taken by Tracy & Jeni Saulino

Instrument panel seat

If you feel there is a need for descriptions for this walk around, then feel free to type them up and quote the photo numbers above and forward the descriptions to Steve Bamford, so they can be put up into this walkaround.  We could really use our viewers help with this.  An expert on this aircraft could write much better descriptions than we could.