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Posted 11/4/2014 Printable Fact Sheet
Laister-Kauffmann TG-4A
DAYTON, Ohio -- Laister-Kauffmann TG-4A in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Laister-Kauffmann built the TG-4A in response to an urgent U.S. Army Air Forces requirement for a glider to train assault glider pilots. The TG-4A was a military version of the Laister-Kauffmann Model LK-10 Yankee Doodle two-seat soaring glider. Laister-Kauffmann delivered the first prototype XTG-4 in late December 1941; the company delivered the first production aircraft in July 1942 and completed the last of 150 TG-4As in June 1943.

The fuselage of the TG-4A is made of fabric-covered welded steel tubing while the tail is made of fabric-covered wood. The internal wing structure is wood with the forward one-third of the leading edge covered by plywood and the remainder covered with fabric. The TG-4A, like other early USAAF training gliders, was not an ideal trainer because its flying qualities were very different from cargo gliders. While the TG-4A could soar (and even gain altitude under the right conditions), cargo gliders could only descend with a small margin for error, especially when fully loaded. Student glider pilots normally received about six hours dual instruction in a soaring trainer before flying the larger and heavier CG-4A cargo glider.

The TG-4A suspended from the ceiling of the World War II Gallery was donated to the museum in 1980 by Frederick A. Tietzel and placed on display in 2003.

Two (instructor pilot and student)
Weight: 875 lbs. loaded
Glide ratio: 22 to 1

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