Waco CG-4


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The CG-4 Hadrian was a troop carrying glider designed by Waco and produced by 15 companies, many of them with no experience in building aircraft.  First flown in 1942, the CG-4 was designed to be towed by transport aircraft as part of an invasion force and released to glide to a landing carrying either a heavy vehicle, such as a jeep or truck, or up to 13 troops.  The glider was expendable and was abandoned or destroyed after landing.  A total of 13,903 CG-4s was built, and they were key parts of the Normandy invasion and other amphibious assaults in all World War II theatres. 

About 20 of these gliders somehow survived to be put on display, mostly in the United States and United Kingdom, and a few replicas also have been built.

CG-4A 45-13696

The Yanks Air Museum is restoring this CG-4.

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CG-4A 45-15574

The Cradle of Aviation Museum displays this CG-4.

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CG-4A 45-27948

The National Museum of the USAF displays this CG-4 built by the Gibson Refrigerator Company of Michigan.

 

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