|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Pratt, Read & Company|
|Primary user||United States Army Air Forces|
Development[edit | edit source]
The Pratt-Read PR-G1 was designed to meet a United States Navy requirement for a two-seat training glider to enable the training of Navy and Marine Corps glider pilots for the Pacific campaign. The Navy ordered 100 gliders with the designation LNE. The PR-G1 was a monoplane glider and had a fabric-covered steel tube fuselage and wooden wings and tail. When the decision was made not use gliders in the Pacific campaign, 73 of the Navy aircraft were transferred to the United States Army Air Forces with the designation TG-32. The Air Force did not use the gliders and they were stored until the end of the war and were sold on the civilian market.
In the 1950s the glider was used in a high altitude weather and flight condition investigation called the Sierra Wave project. In 1952 a TG-32 set a new world altitude record of 44,255 ft (13,489 m) for two-seat gliders, a record held for 54 years. The altitude gain of 34,426 ft (10,493 m)achieved on this flight still stands as a US National Record 
Variants[edit | edit source]
- Company designation, one prototype built with Naval designation XLNE-1.
- United States Navy designation, 100 built.
- United States Army Air Forces designation for 73 gliders transferred from the Navy.
Operators[edit | edit source]
Aircraft on display[edit | edit source]
A number of the gliders are on public display in the United States.
Specifications[edit | edit source]
- Crew: 2
- Length: 26 ft 3 in (8.00 m)
- Wingspan: 54 ft 6 in (16.61 m)
- Height: 6 ft (1.8 m)
- Wing area: 230 sq ft (21 m2)
- Empty weight: 585 lb (265 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 1,000 lb (454 kg)
- Maximum speed: 99 mph; 159 km/h (86 kn) dive or glide speed
Gallery[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- "United States Navy Pratt-Read LNE-1 Glider Trainer Aircraft". http://www.questmasters.us/LNE-1.html. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
- Museum of Flight. "Pratt-Read PR-G1". http://www.museumofflight.org/aircraft/pratt-read-pr-g1-glider. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
- Andrade 1979, p. 170
- "National Altitude Records in the General Category". SSA. http://www.ssa.org/members/badgesandrecords/RecordTable.asp. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
- Andrade 1979, p. 200
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Andrade, John (1979). U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 0-904597-22-9.
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