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! Role | Military transport Glider |- ! National origin | United States |- ! Manufacturer | St. Louis Aircraft Corporation |-

! First flight | 1942 |-

! Number built | 1 |- ! Program cost | $53,028 in 1942 |-

|} The St. Louis CG-5 was a 1940s American prototype military transport glider designed and built by the St. Louis Aircraft Corporation.[1]


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.[1] 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[2] and the prototype designated XCG-5. Howard C. Blosom test flew the XCG-5 from Lambert Field in 1942.[3] It proved to have serious aerodynamic flaws and structural problems causing Dutch Roll at speed.[1] The heavier fifteen-seat glider (designated the XCG-6) was not built.[2]

The USAAF ordered the Waco CG-3 for the eight/nine seat requirement, although only 100 were built. The fifteen-seat requirement was met by the Waco CG-4 of which more than 13,000 were built.

Specifications (CG-5)

Data from skyways

General 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)

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "The St. Louis Cardinals, et al.". Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum. http://www.airandspacemuseum.org/STLCARDINALS.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Andrade 1979, p. 97
  3. David Ostrowski. "The St. Louis Aircraft Corporaion". 


  • Andrade, John (1979). U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 0-904597-22-9. 

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