Travel Bug Dog Tag WW II-Silent Wings Museum TB09

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Released:
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Origin:
Texas, United States
Recently Spotted:
In the hands of jboli0.

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Please drop this item in rural or Premium Member Only caches.  Do not drop it in an urban cache or leave it behind at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; this prevents the chain and tag tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take this travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission needed to leave the US.

About This Item

SilentWingsPatch

Patch (WACO-CG4A). This item was purchased at the Silent Wings Museum, Lubbock, TX. The museum preserves and promotes the history of the World War II military glider program. The facility is located on the site of the World War II South Plains Army Air Field, where about 80% of the glider pilots were trained between 1942 and 1945. The pendant depicts a WACO CG4A, the most widely used United States troop/cargo military glider of World War II.  Among many exhibits, the museum houses a faithfully restored example of the nearly the nearly 15,000 WACO gliders built during the war effort.
 
The CG-4A was constructed of fabric-covered wood and metal and was crewed by a pilot and copilot. It had two fixed mainwheels and a tailwheel. The CG-4A could carry 13 troops and their equipment. Cargo loads could be a jeep, a 75 mm howitzer, or a ¼ ton trailer; they were loaded through the upward-hinged nose section. C-47s were usually used as tow aircraft. CG-4As went into operation in July 1943 during the Allied invasion of Sicily. They participated in the American airborne landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944, and in other important airborne operations in Europe and in the China-Burma-India Theater.
 
The WACOs were conceived and built to be retrieved and reused. On the battlefield a tow cable was elevated to be available for a low-flying tow plane equipped with a tail hook. However, gliders were generally considered expendable by high-ranking European theater officers and combat personnel and were usually abandoned, or destroyed, after the initial landing. Despite this general lack of support for the recovery system, several gliders were recovered from Normandy and even more from the Operation Market-Garden in the Netherlands and Wesel, Germany.

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Discovered It 1/27/2014 Indy! discovered it   Visit Log

With an icy front moving in and town closed, I'm taking a moment to myself to log the trackables from all these pieces of paper jammed in my bag. I saw it, it was cool, some totally rocked. I'm sorry for my nonspecific late logging. But thanks for sharing!

Retrieve It from a Cache 11/10/2013 jboli0 retrieved it from The Natcher 65 TB Hotel Kentucky   Visit Log

Just found this cool TB. Looks like it has been all over. We will keep it alive.

Write note 10/19/2013 teaide posted a note for it   Visit Log

I'm sorry I some how entered the log that I took from the cache when I didn't. Just trying to straighten it all out. Sorry. I'm new.

Dropped Off 10/19/2013 teaide placed it in The Natcher 65 TB Hotel Kentucky - 3,442.92 miles  Visit Log
Discovered It 10/19/2013 Beekeeper99 discovered it   Visit Log

Discovered it in the Natcher 65 TB Motel. Thanks for sending this guy out.

Discovered It 10/18/2013 teaide discovered it   Visit Log

Discovered it at the Natcher 65 TB Hotel.

Dropped Off 9/13/2013 HistDrew placed it in The Natcher 65 TB Hotel Kentucky - 29.53 miles  Visit Log

Welcome back to the US. Fly! Be free!

Visited 8/30/2013 HistDrew took it to Zip On Kentucky - 27.25 miles  Visit Log

A quick dip in Mammoth Cave National Park.

Visited 8/16/2013 HistDrew took it to Above Lima Peru - 2.74 miles  Visit Log

High atop the hill at the Cross of San Cristobal.

  • At the cross of San Cristobal in Lima, Peru.
Visited 8/16/2013 HistDrew took it to Magic Fountains Peru - 3.29 miles  Visit Log

Watery park in Lima.

  • At the fountains in Lima, Peru.
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