The CG-3A was the United States Army Air Force's first production troop-carrying glider. First flown in early February 1942, 300 CG-3A 9-place gliders were initially ordered, but 200 of these were cancelled. A few of the 100 built by Commonwealth Aircraft (formerly Rearwin Aircraft) were used as trainers for the improved CG-4A, but most remained in their shipping crates in storage.
The production CG-3A was developed from the experimental XCG-3 which was the only one built by Waco and given Army Air Forces Serial No. 41-29617. Unit cost: approx $24,000.
The CG-3A became obsolete with the development of the much improved Waco designed CG-4A 15-place glider with its alternate load of military equipment. The CG-3A did not see any combat and several were used in limited training roles.
Prototype 8-seat glider. One built 1942.
Production 9-seat glider. 100 built by Commonwealth Aircraft.
Wingspan: 73 ft 1 in (22.28 m)
Length: 43 ft 4 in (13.21 m)
Empty weight: 2,044 lb (927 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 4,400 lb (1,996 kg)
Maximum speed: 120 mph (193 km/h; 104 kn) (under tow)
Normal tow speed: 100 mph (87 kn; 161 km/h)
Minimum control speed: 38 mph (33 kn; 61 km/h)
Capacity: 7 troops