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Infix "S" coded CG-4 based at South Plains AAF, TX

 

 

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USAAF Photo courtesty of the Silent Wings Museum 

Army Air Field

Field Letter Code

Code Letter Source

Dalhart, TX

   

Ft. Sumner, NM

 

 

Laurinburg-Maxton, NC

   

South Plains, TX

S (an Infix code)

South Plains

Stuttgart, AR

ST

STuttgart

Victorville, CA

 

 

 
Glider Production Notes

Waco CG-3A:100 constructed 
Waco CG-4: 14,000 constructed (by 16 firms)
Waco CG-13: 252 constructed
Waco CG-15: 429 consructed 
 

Historical Note One
  
The average price paid by the U.S. Gov't was about $ 25,000 for each CG-4 and were sold surplus after the war for $ 75.00 each. Post-war purchases of brand new CG-4's (still in their original wooden shipping boxes) was not uncommon. An example purchase would be that a group of neighbors would pool $75 to purchase a CG-4...not because they wanted the glider, but because they wanted shipping box. Upon receipt the glider was extracted and hauled off to the city dump and the box was cut up into sub-sections and then distributed among the buyer group. The sub-sections were then used for a variety of applications (e.g. a child's playhouse, tool shed, ham radio shack, chicken coop, etc.). Other uses included house trailers, hunting / fishing cabins and a reported motel.  
 
 
 Historical Note Two
 
The Ford Motor Co. produced 4200 CG-4's at their plant in Kingsford, Michigan which represented 30% of the total glider production. As a result of this higher volume Ford could enjoy an economy of scale to become the least cost producer of the CG-4 as their unit cost to the U.S. Government was $15,000 vs. $ 25,000 from the other fifteen producers. This former aircraft factory site is now utilized by Kingsford Products Co. for the manufacture of BBQ charcoal briquettes.   
 
 
Historical Note Three
 
The entire production of Waco CG-3A gliders (100 units) were produced by the Commonwealth Aircraft Company and at least 50 of these were based at South Plains AAF, TX. As the performance of this early model was deemed greatly inferior to that of the CG-4 all were scrapped. 
 
 

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"ST" coded CG-4 based at Stuttgart AAF, AR 
 
 
 
Photo courtesy from the Collection of S. Smisek 

"S" coded CG-4's  based at South Plains AAF, TX

 

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USAAF Photo courtesy of Silent Wings Museum 

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