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SURVIVING CG-4A's

After the war, there was a huge surplus of CG-4A_s. One CG-4A was stored in five oak crates.
Crated gliders were sold for 75 USD each (the Government had paid 20 000 USD each). Farmers bought them, not for the glider _ these were simply pulled out and ended in the wood stove _ but for the huge crates, which were used to store cattle and equipment, or simply to recuperate the high quality of wood where the five crates were made of _ enough to build a small house.
The surplus of gliders must have been gigantic - probably arround 9000 ! Unfortunately, the Army did not keep one intact examply for future generations.

Today, only a handful more or less complete examples survived, none of them ever saw combat. They were rebuild from the parts which were found all over the country.
Only a few frames existing in the Low Countries actually played their role in history.

This listing is based on the books published by Bob Ogden, and other sources such like FlyPast Magazine. Glider historian Charles Day gave us some more info on the contractors.

For any more updates, please contact cynrik@pandora.be

Pima Air and Space Museum (Arizona)
45-14647 (Commonwealth) nose section on display

Travis Air Force Heritage Center (California)
??-???? nose section on display

Museum of Aviation (Georgia)
"42-43740" under restoration ? in fact, 42-43740 is an incorrect number. It is a non-existent contracted number.

National Infantry Museum (Georgia)
Major components of several aircraft

Confederate Air Force American Airpower Heritage Museum (Texas)
??-????

Silent Wings Museum (Texas)
45-15691 (Ford) In fact acocording to Charles day, this is a cancelled Pratt- Read article. Because it was the 1,225 article ofthe cancelled serial block, it is doubtfull it existed other than as a number.
??-????? nose section

U.S. Air Force Museum (on Old Wright Field - Dayton, Ohio)
45-27948 (Gibson). There are rumours the glider on display there was new in the crates but was allowed to deteriorate and had to be rebuilt. It originally belonged to the National Air and Space Museum, which apparently wanted nothing to do with military gliders; only soaring gliders.

Dover Air Force Base Museum (Delaware)
45-15009 part of a batch of over 1520 constructed by Commonwealth Aircraft at Kansas City. Probably still under restoration.

Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum (Michigan)
42-46574 (Gibson) The Fighting Falcon
45-15965 on display - Ford article used for the rebuild of the Fighting Falcon
for a story on the restoration of this glider, click here

 

 

 

Yankee Air Museum (Michigan)
43-40833 (General aircraft) or 45-27691 (composite)

Yankee Air Force-Northeast Division (New Jersey)
??-???? fuselage sections

Cradle of Aviation Museum (New York)
45-15574 (Ford)

National Soaring Museum
??-???? major components

Confederate Air Force Ohio Valley Wing (Ohio)
??-???? rebuild project

Lenhart Airpark (Oregon)
"45-15073" (This is a non existent number)
45-15821 (Ford) newly restored since October 1996



CG-4A on display in Middle Wallop

Museum of Army Flying (Middle Wallop, UK)
42-43809 arrived in November 1985, partly rebuild from frame

Pennine Aviation Museum (Lancashire, UK)
??-????? cockpit section and/or very complete fuselage frame

Yorkshire Air Museum (York, UK)
??-????? fuselage frame
45-6479 (Ford) tail pieces

Museum of Flight (East Lothian, Scotland, UK)
??-????? nose section

Musée des Troupes Aeroportées (St. Mère Eglise, France)
45-17241 (Laister-Kauffmann), partly rebuild by Jean Salis

BAHA Collection Erembodegem (Belgium)
??-????? fuselage section

DAEG Museum (Deelen, the Netherlands)
??-????? fuselage section

Museum Bevrijdende Vleugels (Best, The Netherlands)
??-????? fuselage section