WWII Glider replica now housed in Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

WWII Glider replica now housed in Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock

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By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A project that literally spans the globe comes to Lubbock Thursday.  A Horsa Glider replica cockpit was shipped Wednesday by The Assault Glider Trust at Royal Air Force Shawbury to Lubbock's Silent Wings Museum.

The Mark One Horsa Glider was used by both British and American forces during WWII glider operations across Europe.  Gliders were an import aspect of American operations in World War II because it allowed the U.S. to fly quietly into enemy territory; thus the name Silent Wings.

Lubbock played a vital role in the training of glider pilots.

In 2004 The Silent Wings Museum formed an international partnership to trade the cockpit for parts to rebuild a Waco CG-4A Glider. 

The cockpit will ultimately become part of a Horsa Glider fuselage section, which is already housed at Silent Wings.  It is now on permanent display at the Silent Wings Museum 

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