|Role||Military transport Glider|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||St. Louis Aircraft Corporation|
|Program cost||$53,028 in 1942|
In 1941 the United States Army Air Force decided to use secondary sources to boost aircraft production and the St. Louis Aircraft Corporation was contracted to design and build a prototype of both an eight-seat and fifteen-seat troop carrying glider. In total with the St. Louis examples, eight prototypes were ordered from different aircraft manufacturers.
The model SL-5 eight seat glider was given the military designation CG-5 and the prototype designated XCG-5. Howard C. Blosom test flew the XCG-5 from Lambert Field in 1942. It proved to have serious aerodynamic flaws and structural problems causing Dutch Roll at speed. The heavier fifteen-seat glider (designated the XCG-6) was not built.
Data from skywaysGeneral characteristics
- Crew: 2
- Capacity: 6
- Wingspan: 89 ft (27 m)
- Gross weight: 3,800 lb (1,724 kg)
- Maximum speed: 96 kn; 177 km/h (110 mph) (experienced Dutch roll at max speed)
- Never exceed speed: 56 kn; 105 km/h (65 mph)
- Andrade, John (1979). U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 0-904597-22-9.
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