The Glider in the Woods

On the hill above an autobody shop in Oxford lies the frame of a Horsa glider. The story goes that after WWII, several veterans were short on funds and a place to live. They could buy military goods on the cheap so they bought a half dozen Horsa gliders, and used the wooden crates as building materials.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Paul Hendriks on September 3, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    I am The Glider Specialist from The Netherlands.
    Is there any person who can help me for more information about the possibility to recover
    this very nice piece of history? This airframe from a Waco CG-4A Glider is possible a very
    good base for our Glider project in the Netherlands {Operation Market Garden/Battle of Arnhem}
    Is there a person who is protecting this object against rapacity?

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  2. Posted by Conrad on March 22, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    The section on the glider in the woods states that it is an (Airspeed) Horsa glider. I believe that the glider in the woods is not a Horsa, but is in fact a Waco CG-4A “Hadrian”. The glider in the woods has a square frame, whereas the Horsa has a round frame

    Horsa information: http://www.assaultgliderproject.co.uk/ ,

    Waco information: http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/AWA1/201-300/walk278_Waco-Glider/walk278.htm

    If the glider in the woods was indeed a Horsa, it would be very exciting since no complete Horsa’s survive today, although the group in the link above is recreating one using surviving Horsa chunks. The Waco, however, is also rather rare.

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  3. Posted by Anonymous on March 22, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    I am an avid WWII enthusiast and would love to take a visit to the glider. What condition is it in? Is it still intact at all? If possible, I’d love to see a picture. It’s about an hour and a half from where I live, so if it seems like it’s worth it, I may take a trip down to take some pictures. Most importantly, I can get a hands on approach to history. The closest restored Horsa in the United States is very far away. It may even be in Louisiana. Thanks in advance.

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    • I am wondering if anyone near there could get some more detailed pictures and if any more parts are about. I am the President of the WACO Historical Society in Troy, Ohio and we are restoring a CG-4A nose right now and can use parts. Thanks

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      • Posted by h jewell on July 27, 2011 at 11:09 PM

        the glider is nothing more than a frame…it has been sitting out in the weather for many years…the location is Thompsons Auto body 430 rt 46 great meadows new jersey phone 908-637-6312

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      • Posted by PAUL on December 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        TELL ME WHAT YOU NEED AS FAR AS PICS…

        Reply

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