Laister-Kauffman  “TG-4A”

tg 4a 140x93The Army Air Corps had no interest in any gliders until Germany used them successfully as a military weapon in the opening years of WWII.  
Based on his 1938 “Yankee Doodle 2” glider, Jack Leisters’ design for the Army Air Corps was accepted for glider training as the TG-4A in 1941.  It was a conventional sailplane built of steel tube , wooden wings and tail, and fabric skin.
Laister had to arrange for the manufacturing of the glider as part of the deal, and found a sponsor in businessman John Kaufmann, resulting in the Laister-Kauffman corporation.  
The Air Corps would eventually use gliders in many invasion schemes, but discovered that the tactical  combat glider (of which 15,000 were built) flew like large trucks with very small wings compared with a 2-place training glider.

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Fighter Factory operates and mainatins many WWII & WWI flying military aircraft including:

Fighters | Bombers | Trainers |Liaison & Other historical Military antiques

Spitfire | P-51 Mustang | Hawker Hurricane | TMB Avenger | P-40 Curtiss | PBY Catalina | FG-1D | SNJ-2 | T28-D | Corsair | Polikarpov PO-2 | Polikarpov I-15bis | Polikarpov I-16 Rata | Polikarpov I-163 | YAK | A-26 Invader | Junkers JU-52 | Sopwith Strutter | Tiger Moth DH-82A | SPAD SXIII | FM-2 Wildcat | Stearman N2S-3 | AD-4 Skyraider | Alabtros D.Va | Beechcraft T-34B | Bell P-63 | Bleriot X1 | Peashooter P26-D | Jungmeister 133C | Chipmunk DGC-1 | WACO YMF-5 | V1 Flying Bomb | Focke Wolfe FW-44J | Fokker Tri-Planes | Fokker Bi-Planes | Halberstadt | TG-4A | Russian LA-9 | Nieuport model 11 |

The above list is incomplete and we have more aircraft available at the museum


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Fighter Factory

is the restoration & maintenance & facility for the
Military Aviation Museum.

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The new hangar was recently built in April 2011 on the grounds of the Virginia Beach Airport adjacent to the Museum

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We employ a team of 15 highly skilled and experienced aviation technicians to ensure our aircraft remain safely in flight operational status. Meeting all FAA standards as required

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In addition to aircraft maintenance, Fighter Factory staff are also involved in much of the aircraft restoration projects, either on-site or at remote locations.

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Whenever new aircraft are acquired for the museum it is the responsibility of Fighter Factory staff to become technically proficient and knowledgeable in that particular aircraft. To ensure flight safety for pilots & ground crew

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