Saturday, November 18, 2017


Schweizer TG-3 leaves Elmira Corning Regional Airport



Elmira, NY – In order to begin the upcoming $58 million renovations to the Elmira Corning Regional Airport Terminal, it is necessary to return the glider on loan from the National Soaring Museum to its home on Harris Hill. The glider was used to train WWII pilots and has been on suspended over the airport’s security screening area  for more than 20 years.


The glider is a Schweizer SGS 2-12, which is more commonly known by its Army Air Force designation, TG-3.  It is one of 114 examples that were built in Elmira, at the Schweizer factory, between 1942 and 1943.  Several TG-3s reside in various museums and a few are still flying. Renovation plans for the terminal do not include this TG-3, so it will be placed on exhibit at the National Soaring Museum in the near future. 


Crews will begin taking down the glider Tuesday, May 23 after the last flight scheduled at 9:40 P.M. It will then be transported a few miles away to the National Soaring Museum. 


The National Soaring Museum, located on Harris Hill at 51 Soaring Hill Drive, Elmira, NY, is home to one of the largest collections of gliders and sailplanes in the world, the United States Soaring Hall of Fame, and an impressive collection of soaring artifacts and memorabilia.






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