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Silent Wings over Normandy—the U.S. Army Air Corps glider program honored in Lubbock, Texas

CG 4A glider on display at Silent Wings Museum
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Close to 14,000 glider aircraft were manufactured for combat roles in the European theater of WWII.

The gliders first saw duty in Italy and subsequently played a vital role in delivering troops and material during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Only five glider aircraft remain in the world and one is showcased at the Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock.

Glider training bases were located around America. Lubbock served as one of the key training facilities where more than 5,000 glider pilots received their wings before shipping out overseas.

Today, just a stones throw from the old South Plains Army Air Corps field is the Silent Wings Museum with an incredible array of historic artifacts, including a fully restored CG 4A glider.

Come along and join Eddy Grigsby, Assistant Museum Manager at the Silent Wings Museum.

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C-47 at Silent Wings Museum Lubbock, Texas
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C-47 aircraft towed the gliders to their drop zones
CG 4A glider on display at Silent Wings Museum
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Inside CG 4A glider at Silent Wings Museum
Silent Wings Museum exterior
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Silent Wings Museum at Lubbock, Texas
CG 4A cockpit at Silent Wings Museum
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CG 4A cockpit at Silent Wings Museum Lubbock, Texas
South Plains Army Airfield plaque
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Plaque commemorating South Plains Army Airfield at Lubbock, Texas

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