Schweizer TG-2


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  Base model:TG-2
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1941-1947
  Basic role:Training Glider

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Known serial numbers
42-8708 / 42-8725, 42-46632 / 42-46634, 42-46890 / 42-46891, 42-47370, 42-53014 / 42-53020, 42-57196 , 42-68686 , A-6347 / A-6348 , A-8697 / A-8728

Examples of this type may be found at
March Field Air MuseumRiversideCalifornia

TG-2 on display

March Field Museum


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12/26/2011 @ 10:53 [ref: 51439]
 Bryan Grant
 seattle, WA
Gary Conner posted

"the tg 2 at march afb was last used by boy scout explorer post 299 out of seattle to train the members to fly. they were sponsored by Boeing airplane co. and the Seattle glider council from 1952 till approx. 1976. I was one of the original scouts and went on to become one of the instructors with almost 1000 hours in this plane.
10/16/2005 @ 13:50 [ref: 11486]"

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08/16/2010 @ 16:09 [ref: 29018]
 Bryan Grant
 Seattle, WA
I learned to fly in this plane! I was a member of explorer post 299 from 73 thru 77, I believe. I would have to check my log book to be sure.
I was just trying to find a youth group that flies so that my son could get involved. A blast from the past to find this. My younger brother learned to fly in this same plane and now he lives in the riverside area.

A fun and friendly bird, this was a wonderful trainer, and taught many a young man how to fly.
08/16/2010 @ 16:03 [ref: 29017]
 Jon Aldridge
 Springfield, MO
This page has needed updating for a couple years. More than one viewer has pointed out that there are two different aircraft referenced here. The page is the Schweizer TG-2 Training Glider, the Martin needs it's own page.

With reference to the TG-2 photo from March AFB's museum. One reader who actually flew the ship stated that it was built in 1939. Most accounts defer to this aircraft as a 1939 design, it was actually 1937. The ship in the photo, Schweizer serial number 15, N54301, was actually built in 1941, formerly owned by the Seattle Glider Counsel and deregistered on 4/24/06. This data is from the FAA's Aircraft Registry database. As a TG-2 owner, I'm restoring N50795, Schweizer serial number 28, I'd really like to see the site update it's listing on the aircraft. I sent an email to the site over a year ago with the above info., it really needs to be updated to be considered an accurate research source. How about anyone reading this post send an email to the site's web master requesting it be corrected.
08/04/2010 @ 19:06 [ref: 28570]
 Jack Bright
 Bokeelia, FL
Further to my two previous comments: the specification, propulsion and performance data are that for the Martin T4M/Great Lakes TG, and the serial numbers are those for the AAC Schweizer TG-2 training gliders of WW II, with a (19)42 serial number prefix. The prefix, indicating the year of the contract for an aircraft, is typical of USAAC-USAF serialization methods.

Also, the "Designation System" used was a USN non-standard one, the "Period" of which has been referred to as the USN "1917-1922" system whereby manufactures names and numbers were used prior to the USN's adoption in 1922 of the type-manufacturer system used until 1962. The one listed may be for that used by the AAS-AAC prior to the adoption of the later and more familiar AAC-AF type designation system. And the "Type" designation should read "Gunnery Trainer."

Since these indvidual Naval Aircraft Factory, Great Lakes and Schweizer aircraft have each carried the "TG" designation it is easy to confuse and mingle the information. This listing needs some serious revision. Be careful how it is used.
01/28/2010 @ 05:48 [ref: 25642]
 Jack Bright
 Bokeelia, FL
An update to my recent comment: the Martin T4M/Great Lakes TG-2 is shown in photo #1, not photo #2 as noted in my earlier comment. My error.
01/28/2010 @ 03:35 [ref: 25641]
 Jack Bright
 Bokeelia, FL
The aircraft listed here is indeed a NAVAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY TG-2, and not a Martin T4M or their Great Lakes equivalent TG (as pictured in photo #2), nor an Army Air Corps Schweizer TG-2 training glider (as pictured in the museum.

The TG in its case is to designate it as a gunnery trainer, hence TG, Trainer, Gunnery. Prior to the more organized system adopted by the U.S. Navy in 1922/23 it was common to assign a designation based on the aircraft's function or mission and its sequence in production, as in this case.

The NAF built five of these aircraft, numbered and designates as TG-1 thru TG-5, serials A-6344 thru A-6348. TG-2 is A-6345. TG-1 and -2 were powered by 200hp Liberty engines; TG-3 and -4 were powered by 200hp Areomarine T-6 engines; and TG-5 was powered by a 180hp Wright-Hispanio E-4 engine.

Hope this helps.
01/28/2010 @ 03:30 [ref: 25640]
 W. K. Berner Jr.
 Fairhope,, AL
My father flew the Great Lakes TG-2 as X.O. of Torpedo Squadron VT-2B aboard USS Saratoga CV-3 in 1936 and 1937. I would value any available photos of that vintage aircraft.
05/08/2008 @ 15:04 [ref: 20832]
 Mark Maulden
 burlington, WA
I was a member of the Scouts mentioned by Gary Connor and learned how to fly and was rated in this glider in the late sixties/early seventies. Gary was my principal flight instructor in this glider. This glider was made in 1939 by the Schweizer Aircraft Co.
02/08/2008 @ 13:20 [ref: 19611]
 Chuck Wohlrab
 Kabul, Afghanistan, OTH
I checked the three pictures in the upper corner of the page, and two are not of the TG-2 or T4M. The TG-2 was a version of the Martin T4M that was licensed to Great Lakes for production. The floatplane version of the TG-2 had twin floats (so that a torpedo could be nested in the center). The aircraft in the second and third photos has a single centerline float.
09/08/2006 @ 06:41 [ref: 14099]