Where to see a Horsa Glider

Where can I see a Horsa glider?

 

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Airborne troops inside a Horsa Glider

 

The Horsa glider, one of the heroes of The Silent Invader, was a mass produced glider of the Second World War. Over two and a half thousand were produced during the war and saw active service in numerous theatres, including; Normandy, North Africa and Italy, carrying British, American and Commonwealth troops at times.
​Made out of plywood it was an incredibly fragile and often vulnerable aircraft, and it is incredibly difficult to picture what it was like to fly into combat in one of these intriguing contraptions. After the war, many of the Horsa’s fuselages were converted into temporary living quarters to solve the housing crisis in Britain following the war, as a result of the bombing campaign suffered by Britons during the conflict.
​As a result, many Horsas did not see combat and the number of intact aircraft dwindled significantly. Being able to see a Horsa today should be considered a great privilege, there aren’t too many around nowadays. One place in the UK where you can see one is at the De Havilland Museum in London (click here for their website).
​Here it is possible to see a combination of two variants of the Airspeed Horsa with the MK I and MKII both featuring in the design. Inside you are able to see where airborne troops sat, along with some of the kit that they had at their disposal.
​It truly is a wonderful piece of history that allows you to capture a sense of how the men of D Company and others were feeling on the night of 6th June and beyond.
​If you are able to push further afield, there is a full scale replica at Memorial Pegasus, the museum situated at the site of the landings.

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