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Army Air Corps Museum, Middle Wallop, UK.

Article about: Hi Guys, as some of you know, I do work with the regular British Army providing displays and presentations of WW2 material, both British and Soviet. Last month I was asked to do a small pres

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    Cricket player becomes a Glider Pilot!
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    US Waco Glider, known as the Hadrian in British service. Mainly used in Sicily and Italy. Shown with the US 75mm Pack howitzer widely used by the RA Light Regt's.
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    Some really interesting artifacts there Ade, and nicely presented too. The museum looks a great place to visit, thanks for posting the thread.

    Here is an interesting story published a few years back by the Daily Mail Online, addressing the discovery of one of the 500 Rupert dummies dropped over France.

    Playing the Nazis for dummies! The army of 3ft-tall paratroopers dispatched over northern France on the eve of D-Day which caused chaos | Daily Mail Online

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    Thanks for the post Ade. Back in 1973, our battery - 9(Plassey)Bty went and stayed there while we did our conversion course to the Rapier guided weapons systems. In those days that Auster AOP was on static display on the outside - there being no museum at that time. Many thanks for posting the pictures.
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    Thanks guys. The museum is well worth the £10 to get in (I got in for free of course )

    Training autogyro.

    All glider pilots were volunteers from other branches of the Army. Standards were VERY high. Many men who failed the course later joined the Parachute Regt.
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    25 prd Field gun. The mainstay of the RA Medium batteries in WW2. A special lightweight version could be air landed by Horsa glider but these were rare.
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    The Airspeed Horsa. The work horse glider of the British Airborne Forces in WW2.

    Early versions were loaded through a side door, while the later MKII had a hinged nose to allow a Jeep, 6 prd A/T gun, 75mm pack, etc to loaded directly with ease. Both versions had a hinged tail to allow quick unloading from the rear.

    Flying was a two man job with Pilot and co pilot navigator.
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    Very interesting, Ade. On the site a friend is buidind such glider.
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    Another training aid. All pilots had to master flying an engined aircraft first.
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    The Hotspur.

    The was our first large glider. This is a replica as sadly no originals survive. Mainly used for training.
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