Online ExhibitionThe Glider Pilot Regiment - 75th Anniversary
Over the course of the Second World War, gliders were used to carry a variety of loads including troops, artillery, vehicles and supplies.
Most British gliders were made from wood (usually plywood, birch or spruce) covered with a fabric skin.
The powered aircraft which towed gliders into the battle area were called tugs.
Glider pilots were trained to fly gliders into battle and to fight as soldiers once they had landed.
Operation TONGA was part of the ‘D-Day’ Allied invasion of German-occupied France in June 1944.
The Glider Pilot Regiment members who remained, following a post-war reduction in numbers, were re-trained as light aircraft pilots