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    General Aircraft Hamilcar Towed Heavy Glider

    The General Aircraft Hamilcar heavy glider was used to ferry troops, vehicles and supplies during large-scale airborne-minded operations.

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    General Aircraft Hamilcar Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1942
    Type: Towed Heavy Glider
    National Origin: United Kingdom
    Manufacturer(s): General Aircraft Ltd - UK
    Production Total: 344

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 2
    Length: 68.01 feet (20.73 meters)
    Width: 110.01 feet (33.53 meters)
    Height: 20.24 feet (6.17 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 18,400 lb (8,346 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 35,999 lb (16,329 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): None. This was a towed glider transport.

    Maximum Speed: 149 mph (240 kph; 130 knots)

    Armament / Mission Payload


    Global Operators / Customers

    United Kingdom

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    GAL. 49 "Hamilcar" - Company Designation

    GAL. 50 - Company Half-Scale Model Designation

    Hamilcar Mk I - Base Series Designation

    Hamilcar Mk X - Power Late-War Variant; intended for use in Pacific Campaign; never produced.