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Role Transport glider
National origin United States
Manufacturer Bowlus Sailplanes
First flight 1942
Number built 1

The Bowlus CG-7 was a prototype Second World War American transport glider to be built for United States Army, one was built but the type did not enter production and the programme was cancelled.[1][2]

Design and developmentEdit

The Army awarded a contract to Bowlus Sailplanes for an eight-seat and 15-seat transport glider, the smaller glider was designated the XCG-7 and the larger the XCG-8.[1] The XCG-7 was delivered to Wright Field for testing in February 1942 where it failed structural testing, the glider was repaired but failed again.[1] The glider was not ordered into production and the wood and fabric glider was used to test ways of protecting aircraft against lightning at the High Voltage Labaoratory of the National Bureau of Standards.[1]


Prototype eight-seat transport glider, one built.[2]

Specifications (XCG-7)Edit

Data from Mrazek[1]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 2 (pilot, co-pilot)
  • Capacity: 7 fully equipped troops
  • Length: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
  • Wingspan: 80 ft 0 in (24.38 m)
  • Wing area: 600 sq ft (56 m2)
  • Empty weight: 5,000 lb (2,268 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 7,000 lb (3,175 kg)


  • Cruise speed: 120 mph (104 kn; 193 km/h) while being towed

See alsoEdit



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Mrazek 2011, p. 375
  2. 2.0 2.1 Andrade 1979, p. 97


  • Andrade, John (1979). U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 0 904597 22 9. 
  • Mrazek, James E. (2011). Airborne Combat - The Glider War/Fighting Gliders of WWII. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-0808-1. 

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