Vintage WWII Glider Demonstrations - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018

A pair of WWII-era training gliders, from the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum in Hood River, Oregon, perform during the Friday and Saturday airshows at EAA AirVenture 2018 in Oshkosh, WI.

The first glider is a TG-6 (TG for training glider), which was derived from the Taylorcraft L-2. It’s a three-seater, built to accommodate an instructor, a beginning student, and an intermediate student.

The second glider is a 1943 Piper TG-8, was developed from a converted Piper L-4, essentially the military version of the J-3 Cub. The TG-8s feature an expanded three-piece cockpit area in lieu of the engine and firewall, and incorporated spoilers and a nose skid. Of the estimated 250 that were built, only a handful survive, in large part because Piper, with the support of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, offered a kit to inexpensively convert surplus TG-8s to J-3s after the war.

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