Taylorcraft Glider Conversion

The Taylorcraft glider to be used in the AAF's glider training program is an ingenious adaptation of the Taylorcraft tandem trainer power. The glider is of basically the same construction as the tandem trainer except that an additional pilot's seat has been installed in place of the engine, making it a three-place glider and allowing one instructor to teach two students at the same time. The fuselage has been altered and lengthened forward of the original cabin and enclosed above the gunwale for the forward section with transparent pyralin. The landing gear has been shortened and a special wooden skid installed beneath the nose to facilitate landings. The fin was redesigned, but the wings are the same as the trainer's except that spoilers have been added to reduce landing runs where necessary. Weight has been reduced throughout by discarding instruments and fittings not essential to the craft as a glider.

This article was originally published in the September, 1942, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 41, no 9, p 203.