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Glider Pilot Training

A Piper TG-8 (at left) is ready for towing by an L-1A. Some liaison aircraft by Piper (L-4/TG-8), Aeronca (L-3/TG-5) and Taylorcraft (L-2/TG-6) were converted into unpowered training gliders by the extension of the forward fuselage and other modifications. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A Piper TG-8 (at left) is ready for towing by an L-1A. Some liaison aircraft by Piper (L-4/TG-8), Aeronca (L-3/TG-5) and Taylorcraft (L-2/TG-6) were converted into unpowered training gliders by the extension of the forward fuselage and other modifications. (U.S. Air Force photo)

38th Troop Carrier Group glider training exercise in 1943. After landing brakes were applied, the glider tipped forward, allowing the metal skids to dig into the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo)

38th Troop Carrier Group glider training exercise in 1943. After landing brakes were applied, the glider tipped forward, allowing the metal skids to dig into the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Training time varied but consisted of daylight flying in light aircraft practicing unpowered gliding and "dead stick" landings; day and night flying in training gliders, unpowered light aircraft or sailplanes; advanced training in CG-4A combat gliders; and finally tactical training. Most graduates then were given overseas assignments with troop carrier units. By late 1944, the AAF restricted glider instruction to pilots to powered aircraft since there were enough pilots available who could serve a dual purpose in troop carrier units.

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