SPECS



The CG4A was not designed to be a thing of beauty, and certainly it was not considered to be an attractive aircraft. Most Air Force power pilots joked about its ungainly appearance but few of them poked any funny remarks at the guys who flew them. The glider pilots were an independent, tough, ready-to-fight group of pilots and they certainly were not backward in letting anyone know that the "G" on their silver wings stood for "Guts." The aircraft they flew with such abandon and ease was a strut-braced high-wing monoplane that could carry more than its own weight in payload, and frequently did. The wing, constructed around a front box spar and a rear "I" spar, had wooden ribs, and was plywood-covered except for the trailing edge. The whole was covered with doped cotton fabric.The control surfaces were fabric covered except for the leading edges which were of plywood. The wing tips were elliptical and there was little dihedral. The fuselage was a welded steel tubing frame covered with fabric. The floor of the cargo compartment was of honeycombed plywood construction and had tremendous strength and rigidity. The cockpit was constructed also of a welded steel tubing frame covered with fabric and plywood.



GENERAL SPECIFICATION - CG4A 

Wing Span . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 feet, 8 inches 
Length (Overall) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 feet, 33/4 inches 
Height .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 feet, 77/16 inches 
Weight, design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..3,750 pounds 
Gross Weight, design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,500 pounds 
Wing Chord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 feet, 6inches