St. Louis Aircraft XCG-5
One other military aircraft project was undertaken by St. Louis Aircraft during the Second World War. Having already placed large-scale aircraft production contracts with the major airframe builders, the Army sought to employ secondary sources when it decided in 1941 to develop a significant glider assault capability. Not being burdened at the time with aircraft production contracts, St. Louis Aircraft was invited to participate in the Army's glider program, obtaining contracts to develop eight-place and fifteen-place troop-carrying gliders. The eight-place XCG-5 demonstrated serious aerodynamic flaws during its first test flights (at Lambert Field) in 1942. The redesign necessary to correct the aerodynamic, as well as significant structural, problems doomed the XCG-5. The larger, heavier XCG-6 was never built.