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Название: Pilot's Flight Operating Instructions TG-3A Glider. Erection and Maintenance Instructions TG-3A Glider
Издательство: US Air Force
Страниц: 20, 31
Размер: 20 Мб
Для сайта: eKnigi.org
Technical Order NN: 09-3UAB-2, 09-3OAD
When the US entered World War Two in 1941 none of the US services had a glider program. The German use of glider-borne attack on the Belgian fortress of Eben-Emael and their use in the Battle of Crete convinced the US military that they would need glider-borne forces of their own.
Initially the USAAF contracted Schweizer for the construction of the existing SGS 2-8, which entered service as the Army TG-3 and the US Navy and US Marine Corps LNS-1. The 2-8 was a good glider trainer, but had fabric-covered aluminum wings. Aluminum was designated as a "strategic material" and its use was to be avoided in training aircraft to conserve it for combat aircraft. Schweizer was therefore asked to design a new glider that would not use aluminum.
A total of 113 TG-3As were built for USAAF use, including three XTG-3 prototypes. One TG-3A was constructed by Air Glider as part of an order for 50 TG-3As, but that company's contract performance was not acceptable to the USAAF and further orders were cancelled.