The Silent Wings Museum is dedicated to telling the history of the American military glider program. The museum really began back in 1971 when a group of former pilots of the U.S. Army Air Force’s Glider Program got together and formed the National World War II Glider Pilots Association Inc. From there, this group of pilots established and opened The Silent Wings Museum in Terrell, Texas in 1984. It commemorated World War II glider pilots and their planes. When you think about it, this was something well worth commemorating, because Glider pilots were unique in that they had no parachutes, no motors and no second chances.
As the Glider Pilots continued to age, it became apparent the museum needed to look towards perpetuity and the need for perhaps a new home and ownership was in order. In September of 2000, the ownership of the Silent Wings Museum in Terrell, Texas was transferred to the City of Lubbock with the understanding that the old Lubbock Municipal Airport be renovated to house the extensive collection. The newly renovated facility was opened to the public on October 20, 2002.
Although 13,909 Waco GC-4A’s were manufactured, only 3 are known to still exist and one of those is housed at the Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock, Texas. The CG-4A housed at the museum has been scavenged together with parts from all over, some from as far away as California and Pennsylvania. The Museum is also home to over 10,000 artifacts and thousands of documents and photographs.
13,909 Waco’s were manufactured
5,500 men trained and received their wings as glider pilots during World War II
37% casualty rate
30,000 American airborne troops were delivered into combat.