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Travel Bug Dog Tag WW II-Glider Pilot Wings TB03

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Sunday, 11 January 2015
Texas, United States
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In the hands of tmyers2010.

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Please drop this item in rural OR Premium Member Only caches.  Do not place it in an urban cache or abandon it at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; the bag keeps the trackable clean and prevents tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take the travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission is needed to leave the U.S.

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About This Item


Keychain Pendant.  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.  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.

In the original concept, glider pilots would be existing power pilots. However, the shortage of such personnel in 1942 called for a drastic revision of policy, especially after the requirement for glider pilots was increased from an initial 1,000 to 6,000 earlier that year.  Offers were made to enlisted men with no flying experience at all, with the promise that they would graduate as staff sergeants.   Those with previous flying experience were also sought, and this policy brought in a lot of washouts from power pilot training.

Also, an early decision was made to train students for soaring flights.  It was not long, however, before the military woke up to the fact that troop gliders were not simply bigger sailplanes that made long straight glides into enemy territory.  They were, rather, low-performance trailers that had to be towed to a point almost directly over the landing area, and once over the designated spot, the real piloting skills necessary to get the Waco CG-4A  to the ground quickly in one piece took over, if one wanted to survive.  In the U.S. services the glider pilots, whether the view was unwarranted or not, were considered a notable cut below power pilots.  They had a separate rating of Glider Pilot, with appropriate "G" wings.

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Tracking History (7729.3mi) View Map

Discovered It 04/16/2017 TxStrawberryCreek discovered it   Visit Log

I've just downloaded TBScan, which lets me log lots of trackables at once. I have photos of trackable numbers going back to 2014. This one is one of them. Now, I'm caught up!

Retrieve It from a Cache 03/30/2016 tmyers2010 retrieved it from #16 O.E.C. "5 Points" Ohio   Visit Log

Yay! Will update where we drop it next!

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Discovered It 03/29/2016 TheView discovered it   Visit Log

Discovered in GC3TNDN #16 O.E.C. "5Points"

Dropped Off 03/24/2016 POPE1021 placed it in #16 O.E.C. "5 Points" Ohio - 136.85 miles  Visit Log

Dropped in #16 O.E.C. "5 Points"

Retrieve It from a Cache 09/25/2015 POPE1021 retrieved it from Pure Michigan - Dundee Welcome Center Michigan   Visit Log

Picked up at Michigan Welcome Center will take it back home with us to Ohio

Dropped Off 09/25/2015 JaneIyre placed it in Pure Michigan - Dundee Welcome Center Michigan - 1,931.54 miles  Visit Log

Please log when found

Retrieve It from a Cache 08/07/2015 JaneIyre retrieved it from IHO Hidude_98 (aka Puzzle Master) Is Over the Hill California   Visit Log

Will move

Discovered It 07/26/2015 Geo3oh discovered it   Visit Log

Discovered while caching in San Diego!

Dropped Off 07/20/2015 Giazilla placed it in IHO Hidude_98 (aka Puzzle Master) Is Over the Hill California - 1.03 miles  Visit Log

Have fun and safe travels!

Visited 07/20/2015 Giazilla took it to Rocking Ham California - 14.9 miles  Visit Log

Visited Rocking Ham (GC57PC3)

  • View of downtown San Diego from Harbor Island Taken just before I dropped it in the next cache very nearby.
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