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   8.5.2004


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Training to Glide
ACME News photo dated July 7, 1942

A flight of new (at the time) RAF light "Hotspur" gliders are shown with their pilots in training for the invasion of Europe in the early days of the war. These small gliders, which were designed to carry six soldiers or a variety of supplies into combat, were used to train pilots of the larger Horsa and Hamilcar gliders. Note the U.S. biplane in British paint at the far left. Many RAF tail numbers are visible, including BT551, BT642, BT627, and BT615. Only 20 Hotspurs were ever used operationally during the war; however, over 1000 Mk II and Mk III versions were used by various glider training schools.

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