The National World War II
Glider Pilots Association, Inc.
This is the official site of the Association with headquarters at 4037 Ringdove Way, Roanoke,
TX 76262, is a 501(c)(19) non-profit veterans organization consisting of World War II Glider Pilot members who earned the MOS 1026 and the Glider Pilots wings.
Other individuals may apply for affiliation by virtue of their interest in, contributions to, the general goals and purposes of the association. As the total Troop
Carrier population has declined significantly, we have invited those former Troop Carrier Group veterans who wish to continue the fellowship of annual
reunions to join with us as affiliates. If you are interested in becoming an affiliate as member of the Silent Wings Museum, print and fill out our
registration form or you may contact by e-mail George I. Theis, National Treasurer, for an application or
call (719) 338-6487. Please be sure to list your mailing address.
Over 6000 individuals were trained as glider pilots and earned their wings with MOS 1026. Approximately
150 dues paying glider pilots and Troop Carrier Veterans still participate in the
activities although their numbers are declining with ages in the 89 to 96 year group.
Widows, legatees and other interested persons
may continue the deceased glider
pilot's participation if so desired as affiliates and members of the Silent Wings Museum. The glider pilots are proud of their silver
wings with the large letter “G” which
they note really stands for GUTS. It took guts to fly the glider beyond enemy lines on a one-way mission.
They Flew into Battle on Silent Wings
by Glider pilot, historian, Maj. Leon Spencer, USAF (Ret.)
Often information published or spoken about the St. Louis crash is not always correct. This article tells the true story.
CG-4A Glider Crash, August 1, 1943 at Lambert Field, St. Louis, MO.
by Charles Day
Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of World War II - Full Movie
I’ll tell you straight out: If you've got to go into combat, don’t go by glider. Walk, crawl,
parachute, swim, float-- anything, but don’t go by glider...Walter Cronkite has some pretty descriptive words in this film about his
one and only ride into combat in a CG-4A Glider.