Taylorcraft TG-6

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Taylorcraft
Markings
17th Elementary Flying Training Detachment, Twenty-Nine Palms, California, 1942
Designation
TG-6
Registration
N59134
Serial Number
42-58662

Taylorcraft TG-6

Early in World War II the Army Air Forces recognized a requirement for a simplified training glider for beginning instruction of pilots who would go on to fly troop gliders in combat. The quickest solution was to modify existing civilian light aircraft designs to serve as gliders. The Piper, Aeronca, and Taylorcraft companies each modified one of their designs for Army use. The Taylorcraft offering was designated as TG-6 and was modified from the company’s L-2 Grasshopper. Modifications included a redesigned nose that replaced the engine with a seat for an instructor, slightly enlarged tail, and redesigned landing gear. The modifications for the prototype were done in only nine days.

Specifications
Wingspan 36 ft
Length 22 ft
Height 6 ft 8 in
Weight 1,260 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 140 mph
Crew 3