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Role Military glider
Manufacturer Waco Aircraft Company
First flight Early February 1942
Primary user USA
Number built 100

The Waco CG-3 was a US light troop military glider of World War II.

Design and developmentEdit

The CG-3 was the USAAF's first production troop-carrying glider. 300 CG-3A gliders were initially ordered, but 200 of these were cancelled. The 100 built were used as trainers for the improved CG-4A, which had been ordered. The production CG-3A was developed from the experimental XCG-3.[1]

Role in WWIIEdit

The CG-3 was used as a light transport glider for troops on the Allied side and was used heavily by the Americans and Soviets.


  • XCG-3 :
  • CG-3A :


General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 6 troopers
  • Length: 13.21 m (43 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 22.28 m (73 ft 1 in)
  • Height: ()
  • Empty weight: 927 kg (2,044 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 1,996 kg (4,400 lb)


  • Maximum speed: 193 km/h (towing) (104 kts, 120 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 146 km/h (78 kts, 90 mph)
  • Stall speed: 61 km/h (33 kts, 38 mph)</ul>Armament


See alsoEdit


  1. Development and Procurement of Gliders for the Army Air Forces 1941-1944, AAF Historical Office, Headquarters, Army Air Forces, March 1946

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