TG-4A Sailplane (SGS 2-33)
The TG-4A (SGS 2-33A) is a conventional two-place tandem, basic training sailplane, used to introduce all Air Force Academy cadets to flight through the Soar-For-All program. Maneuvers flown in the TG-4A include aerotow, stall recoveries, slow flight, steep turns, and rectangular traffic patterns.
The TG-4A is the world's most common initial soaring trainer. The Schweizer Aircraft Corporation of Elmira, NY manufactures the TG-4A. It has an all-metal airframe, with aluminum covering on the wings and vertical tail. The forward canopy is a one-piece design, allowing for excellent visibility. The tandem cockpit has dual flight controls. The radios and basic flight instruments are mounted in the front cockpit only.
Soaring became part of the Academy curriculum in December of 1964, as an optional military training course. Four sailplanes were acquired through donations and non-appropriated funds. From its early roots, flight training was expanded to all cadets in 1970 with the establishment of the Soar-For-All program. Its mission is "to form the foundation of cadet exposure to aviation related activities, build character, and help motivate cadets toward a career in the United States Air Force." The TG-4A provides a proven, reliable, and low-cost means of providing this training
Today, the 94 FTS trains nearly 1400 USAFA and AFROTC cadets in a fleet of 11 TG-4A’s each year. Cadets typically fly 10-15 sorties in the TG-4A, with the average student soloing on the 12th sortie. The 94 FTS corps of 20 officer instructor pilots and 160 attached first and second class (senior and junior) cadet IPs provides instruction.
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