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[Pass in Review] [Glider Snatches] [Tow Know How] [Single Tow][Double Tow] [Marshalling]

TOW KNOW HOW

Marshaling Single and Double Tow

Marshaling for single tow


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Silent Wings Museum / NWWIIGPA Collection

Getting the maximum number of C-47s and CG-4A gliders onto an airfield for a major combat operation was tricky. The first tug to take off had the shortest distance and everything was meticulously measured and placed precisely as possible. Even so the entire airfield held its breath while the first tug lumbered down the run way pulling a glider. When they had to do it with two fully loaded gliders it was an engineering feat.



Marshaling for single tow with C-47s off the runway


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Silent Wings Museum / NWWIIGPA Collection

This is an example of what aircrafts would look like if they were marshalled for single tow with C-47s off the runway and CG-4A Gliders on the runway.
The Photo information: 12 Aug 44 Galera Airdrome, Rome, Italy. Pre-invasion rehearsal (Airborne Operations). Crewmen of the 62nd Troop Carrier Group check tow on glider and C-47. Photo by Leibowitz 163rd Sig Photo Co..



Marshaling for double tow

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Silent Wings Museum / NWWIIGPA Collection

As indicated with the arrows there is a line of gliders on the outside of each C-47 and two rows of gliders on the inside between the C-47s.



Option using two runways for double tow

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