SSA2014 – A WWII Glider — in the Buff!

Our video tour of the SSA 2014 exhibit hall included a short clip of the beautiful, naked Laister-Kauffman TG-4 glider on display there. We were wowed by the craftsmanship and elegant handiwork that went into creating this classic World War II trainer. And so, we decided to feature it here in all its glory.

The L-K TG-4 was designed as a trainer for pilots who would fly large cargo gliders. The one pictured here is serial number 151, built in 1943.

According to Wikipedia,

The Laister-Kauffman TG-4 (designated LK-10 Yankee Doodle 2 by its designer) was a sailplane produced in the United States during the Second World War for training cargo glider pilots. It was a conventional sailplane design with a fuselage of steel tube construction and wooden wings and tail, skinned all over in fabric. The pilot and instructor sat in tandem under a long canopy.

Join us in this short walk-around of a genuine museum piece.

We couldn't get enough of this historic beauty, so we took a few photos to supplement the video.

All SSA 2014 photos and videos were made with an Apple iPhone 5S.


Rand Baldwin

Rand is a Soaring Cafe Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief.Fascinated by soaring since early childhood, Rand learned to fly sailplanes while in graduate school (at Harvard’s Center for Astrophysics), and earned his private glider rating at Yankee Soaring in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He joined the M.I.T. Soaring Association in 1974, where he completed his Silver Badge and became a flight instructor. After moving to Huntsville in 1977, Rand flew and instructed on weekends at Eagleville Sailplanes south of Nashville, Tennessee. In 1985, he and a handful of other soaring enthusiasts organized the Huntsville Soaring Club at Moontown Airport. Rand chaired the 1996 SSA National Convention and has served as an SSA Director-at-Large, SSA Governor and State Record Keeper for Alabama. He has set two U.S. national soaring records and many AL and TN state records.

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  1 comment for “SSA2014 – A WWII Glider — in the Buff!

  1. March 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    this was really a beauty, a piece of art. I hope the Grunau Baby ( built 1942) we have in the works turns out that well. More on that later

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