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real-world Gliding to Success: World War II Training Gliders

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A group from the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) came to Oshkosh for AirVenture 2018 to display and demonstrate three warbirds that are as unconventional as they are rare. The aircraft were WWII-era training gliders, including a Kauffman TG-4A, a Taylorcraft TG-6, and a Piper TG-8. The TG-6 and TG-8 were both modified versions of powered aircraft that were in production at the time. The Piper and Taylorcraft, with their shorter wings and resulting lesser glide ratios, proved to be excellent training platforms to prepare pilots to fly the heavier troop transport gliders likethe Wavo CG4-A.


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