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Airspeed AS.51 Horsa

Airspeed AS.58 Horsa

 

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A high-wing military transport glider with accommodation for 25 troops or freight, including vehicles, of wooden construction. The prototype first flew in September 1941 and the production AS.51 Horsa I entered service in late 1942.


The AS.58 Horsa II differed from the Mk I by having a hinged nose section to allow ease of loading.


The first operational mission with Horsas was the invasion of Sicily in 1943, but they were also used during the D-day landings, when Horsa gliders were towed by Whitley and C-47 aircraft.

 

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The US forces also received several hundred of these gliders.

Approximately 3,655 Horsas were built.

Length: 67.028 ft / 20.43 m
Height: 19 ft 6 in / 5.95 m
Wing span: 87.992 ft / 26.82 m
Wing area: 1104.386 sq.ft / 102.6 sq.m
Max take off weight: 15,500 lb / 7,045 kg
Empty weight: 8372.4 lb / 3797.0 kg
Max. payload: 7131.0 lb / 3234.0 kg
Max speed: 130 kts / 241 kph
Max tow speed: 150 mph / 242 km/h
Gliding speed: 87 kts / 161 kph  / 100 mph
Wing load: 14.15 lb/sq.ft / 69.0 kg/sq.m
Crew: 2
Payload: 25 troops / 3234kg
 
 
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