The GAL 48 Hotspur Glider



The Americans and the British both adopted the use of gliders to transport troops from 20,000 feet to the ground. It was a genius moment, using gravity and aerodynamics, free energy and free technology to move millions of troops that final leg onto the ground. One of the more interesting aircraft to emerge out of World War I was the General Aviation GAL 48 Hotspur glider.


It was about 40 feet long with a 45 foot wingspan. The crew was a pilot and a door operator and 6 additional combat troops in each fuselage could be carried as well. It carried about 7000 pounds of payload. The hotspur served as the primary trainer for British troops and glider pilots as well. That’s a good they had a lot of uses for them. They made 1000.










Sources: Wiki, The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft,Editors Paul Eden and Soph Moeng. Barnes & Nobles 2002




1 thought on “The GAL 48 Hotspur Glider”

  1. As with lots of stuff the western allies did with airborne equipment and tactics, the idea of a glider was copied from the Germans, who used them in 1940 and 1941.
    And of course the costs were an issue. Real paratroopers (the ones that jump out of an airplane) are expensive to train, and maintain, as they get extra money for all those dangerous jumps. Glider borne troops are just “normal” infantry who ride a wooden plane that lands on rough ground. No extra training (apart from the pilots) and hence no extra pay….

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