Presentations

Chuckles Goes to War… in a Glider!


Room A3, Convention Center Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Bookmark and Share

Gary Stripling

This is one WWII glider pilot’s story of how answering an Army recruiter’s newspaper ad in 1942 in downtown San Antonio that exclaimed, “Learn to Fly U.S. Army Air Corps.” led to a lifetime of flying many different aircraft types while serving as a US Army pilot in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. This presentation includes the various training gliders used to bring this raw recruit from having never flown to flying into combat as an Army flight officer in the American-built CG-4A combat glider. Chuckles flew the CG-4A solo into the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium, and three months later he crossed the Rhine in a CG-4A in the largest airlift of WWII. Chuckles retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with 27 Oak Leaf Clusters on his Air Medal.