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Schweizer TG-2 Trainer - $5.95

After the war they were sold as surplus and quickly became sought after in civil soaring for their structural strength, lightness and their rugged all-metal design. The 2-8 became one of the most popular post war trainers in the USA

Schweizer TG-2 SGS 2-8 Training Glider Sailplane

The Schweizer TG-2 (SGS 2-8)Training Glider

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The Schweizer SGS 2-8 (TG-2) aka Consolidated PT-6 Training Glider

Schweizer TG-2 training gliderThe Schweizer's produced their eighth sailplane design, the SGS-2-8 in 1938. Apart from the fabric covering and some light wooden stringers to improve the shape of the fuselage, it was all metal. The aluminum alloy skin over the leading edge was fastened to the ribs and main spar with plated self tapping screws as with the 1 - 6 and 1 - 7.

In service this proved entirely satisfactory. The Schweizer 2 - 8 fuselage was a light steel tube frame, the tail unit also, covered with fabric. The seats were in tandem. With the wing at shoulder level the rear pilot had a limited view but was aided by transparent panels in the fuselage sides below the wing. There was a landing wheel and the relatively thin wing, using the NACA 2412, 12% thick profile, was strut braced.

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Schweizer TG-2 Wing Prof lie

After the prototype was crashed in a spinning accident, the nose was lengthened to move the balance point forward. After this the Schweizer 2 - 8 was very successful as a sailplane and made some very good cross country and altitude flights. The world height record climb by Lewin Barringer in 1940, 14,948 feet, was not recorded by the FAI in Paris, presumably because Paris at the time had been occupied by the German army.

When the US Army began its glider pilot training program in 1941, the Schweizer 2-8 was adopted as the TG-2 (Training Glider-2) and a total of 57 was reached before Schweizer's were instructed to change to a wooden training glider, to conserve aluminum alloy. Still remembered mainly as the Schweizer TG-2, the military versions were offered for sale very cheaply after the end of the war and were used extensively by civilian pilots and gliding clubs. A very few of the type remain in service. There's a TG-2 on display at the Wright-Patterson USAF Museum, Dayton Ohio.Schewizer TG-2 parkedSchweizer TG-2 Wing Proflie

The Schweizer SGS 2 - 12 was developed to meet the US Army's requirement for a two seat trainer without aluminum alloy in its structure. There were other military requirements which resulted in a somewhat heavy aircraft, but with the wing mounted low on the fuselage, the instructor in the rear cockpit had a reasonably good view. 114 of the Schweizer TG - 3 were built.

As with the Schweizer TG-2, those remaining at the end of hostilities were sold cheaply. Stripped of their military equipment they proved useful to gliding clubs.

Model Tg-2 on final
Your Schweizer TG-2 Training Glider comes with an additional large version that's totally bright yellow. Photo taken at Tortilla Flat, Az (pop 8)

TG-2 (SGS-2-8)

Length: 25ft
Max Payload: 450 lbs
Height: 8ft
Sinking Speed: 3ft/sec
Wingspan: 52ft
Glide Ratio: 18 to 1
Crew: 2
Max Tow Speed: 89 mph

TG-2 Glider model parts-tail

TG-2 tail parts

TG-2 Glider model parts
TG-2 Glider model parts
To help with the building, here are some photos of the TG-2 Glider parts


The Schweizer TG-2 displayed from the ceiling at the USAF Museum Dayton, OH
The Schweizer TG-2 canopy is about is long and as pilot friendly as possible. Look how it also lends itself to being modeled in clear plastic film.

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Showing the stepped-up tail assembly of the Schweizer SGS 2-8 (TG-2)
The instructors(rear) section of the TG-2 cockpit has easy access and even easier degrees!
This frontal view of the Schweizer SGS 2-8 (TG-2) shows how narrow the fuselage cross- section really is.
TG-2-tail again
The Schweizer TG-2 rudder stripes and the pre WWII stars on the wings are a lovely touch
This photo of the Schweizer TG-2 looking down the wing shows clearly the rivets attaching the aluminum leading edge to the metal spar

TG-2 AftCanopy
The instructors canopy of the TG-2 is a simple as it gets !

Schweitzer TG-2 flyover
The Schweizer 2 - 8 (TG-2) glider flies over with its bright and colorful appearance. This has the markings of the TG-2 you find in the folder. The large has a wing span of almost 35 inches!!
Schweizer TG-2 landing
The SGS-2-8 Schweizer Sailplane comes in for a gentle landing. The Fiddlers Green model of this CG-2 has these markings.

What people say...

National Museum of Naval Aviation has a Schweizer TG-2...right here in good ol' P'cola. I've seen it hanging from the ceiling dozens of times--never really paid close attention to it though--too much eye candy everywhere....and new stuff every time I visit. Rob Carleen

There is one in the March Field Air Museum as well and probably The Planes of Fame at Chino, Ca. I think they were a real easy grab for air museums but they sure are pretty colors. Almost everyone hangs them because they have such a large wingspan and they are so light. I think the only time I saw the one at March down was for cleaning. Dan RM

FYI, TG-2's were used to train glider pilots at Palmdale, CA, who then moved to advanced training in CG-4 Invasion Gliders at Victorville, CA, and finally, March Field, Riverside. The pilots then moved on to the larger Waco built gliders for training at March Field before going overseas. CG-4 gliders transported men and equipment into Sicily, Normandy, the Rhine Rover crossing, Burma and Luzon in the Philippines. Fred V
Sweet model--wish I had some time to build it. Nice colors, too rob
Excellent!! This TG-2 reminds me of the one my dad got me a ride in on my 12th birthday. One of the highlights of my childhood. Will it fly? T. (sure)
I look at the TG-2 as the Cadillac of the training Gliders and thrill when I see it hanging at our local Air Museum. Big and roomy just like the Cadillac car..Bill S

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1941 Schweizer TG-2 Training Glider on display at the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum located at the Columbus, Indiana airport