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General Aircraft Hotspur Glider


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The General Aircraft GAL.48 Hotspur was a military glider designed and built by the British company General Aircraft Ltd during World War II. When the British airborne establishment was formed in 1940 by order of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, it was decided that gliders would be used to transport airborne troops into battle. General Aircraft Ltd were given a contract by the Ministry of Aircraft Production in June 1940 to design and produce an initial glider for use by the airborne establishment, which resulted in the Hotspur.

Although originally conceived as an "assault" glider which necessitated a compact design, a change in tactical philosophy predicated against the use of small numbers of troops being sent into battle aboard gliders. Due to limitations in its design, the Hotspur was mainly relegated to training where it excelled and became the basic trainer for the glider schools that were formed.

General characteristics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 8 troops
Length: 39 ft (11.89 m)
Wingspan: 45 ft 10 in (13.99 m)
Height: 10 ft (3.05 m)
Wing area: 272 ft (25.3 m)
Empty weight: 1,661 lb (753 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 3,598 lb (1,632 kg)

Performance

Maximum speed: 90 mph (145 km/h)
Landing speed: 56 mph (90 km/h)
Range: 83 miles from a 20,000 ft release (134 km from a 6,100 m release)
Wing loading: 13.23 lb/ft (64.6 kg/m)

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GAL-48B Twin Hotspur


The GAL-48B Twin Hotspur was an evolution of GAL-48 Hotspur to increase the capacity of the glider from 8 to 16 troops, 8 troops can take place in each fuselage. One prototype was built ( first flight in August 1942 with a twin-engine Whitley bomber as tug), but the device was never put into production.





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