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The Waco CG-4A Combat Glider

 
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TECHNICAL DETAILS

 

  • Crew

pilot & co-pilot

  • Dimensions

Wingspan : 83 feet
Length : 48 feet

  • Performance

    Towing speed : 120 mph
    Stall speed : 44 mph
    The GC-4A could land in a stretch of only 200 yards



    Glider troops with cannons boarding CG-4A's during an exercise.

  • Load

    Payload : 4060 pounds, more than the glider’s own empty weight
    Gross weight : 7500 pounds
    13 fully equipped troops
    jeep + 5 men
    75mm Howitzer + 3 men

  • Construction

    Nose section : steel tubing, plywood, plexi-glass
    Fuselage : welded tubular steel covered with fabric, plywood flooring
    (honeycomb sandwich)
    Wings : wood, spruce main spars