Our fleet consists of a B25 Bomber "Pacific Prowler", C47 "Southern Cross", A26K "Special Kay", and a CG-4A Waco Glider.
The North American B-25, Pacific Prowler, is one of just a handful of B-25s that still fly today. The B-25 Mitchell Bomber was made famous on the daring Doolittle Raid on Tokyo which took place four months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The B-25 Bomber went on to become the most versatile medium bomber of World War II, seeing combat in every theater of operation.
The Pacific Prowler is a "J" Model North American B-25 Mitchell. The original Prowler was deployed to the Pacific Theater and flew over 120 missions before returning home after the war.
"The DC-3 is given most of the credit for an almost 600% increase in airline passenger traffic between 1936 and 1941. Recognizing its great potential as a military transport, the United States Army specified a number of changes needed to make the aircraft acceptable for military use, including more powerful engines, the removal of airline seating in favor of utility seats along the walls, a stronger rear fuselage and floor, and the addition of large loading doors. A large order was placed in 1940 for the military DC-3, which was designated C-47 and became known as "Skytrain," a name it would soon be asked to live up to." [Quoted from Warbird Alley]
The CG-4A was constructed of fabric-covered wood and metal, and was crewed by a pilot and copilot. It had two fixed mainwheels and a tailwheel. The factories ran 24-hour shifts to build the gliders. The CG-4A could carry 13 troops and their equipment. Cargo loads could be a quarter ton truck (Jeeps), a 75 mm Howitzer, or a ¼ ton trailer, loaded through the upward-hinged nose section. C-47s were usually used as tow aircraft. As Greatest Generation Aircraft also owns a C-47, it will be used to tow this glider once restoration is complete, making for a truly correct historical re-enactment duo.
More information is available on the Waco CG-4A page.