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Airspeed AS 51 Horsa glider at Mémorial Pegasus in Ranville (Calvados-Normandy, France)
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
N 49° 14.591 E 000° 16.280
31U E 301402 N 5458072
Quick Description: Exact replica of famous WW-II glider Airspeed AS 51 Horsa you can find in Mémorial Pegasus in Ranville (Calvados-Normandy).
Location: Normandie, France
Date Posted: 6/10/2009 1:52:24 PM
Waymark Code: WM6JK6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team GeoDuo
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Long Description:

The Airspeed AS 51 Horsa was a British World War II troop-carrying glider built by Airspeed Limited and subcontractors and used for air assault by British and Allied armed forces. It was named after Horsa, the legendary Fifth Century conqueror of southern Britain.

Large numbers of Horsa gliders (estimated at over 250) were used in Battle of Normandy by both British and American units - example of successful operation which was dependent on Horsas is here, at famous Pegasus Bridge. On 5 June 2004, as part of the 60th anniversary commemoration of D-Day, Prince Charles unveiled a exact copy of Horsa glider here - on the site of the first landing at French territory - Pegasus Bridge.


Pegasus Bridge is a movable bridge, built in 1934, that crossed the Caen Canal, between Caen and Ouistreham, in Normandy, France. Also known as the Bénouville Bridge after the neighbouring village, it was, with the nearby Ranville Bridge over the river Orne, a major objective of Operation Tonga in the opening minutes of the invasion of Normandy. A gliderborne unit of the 6th Airborne Division, commanded by Major John Howard were to land, take the bridges intact and hold them until relieved. The successful taking of the bridges played an important role in limiting the effectiveness of a German counter-attack in the days and weeks following the invasion.

In 1944 it was renamed Pegasus Bridge in honour of the operation. The name is derived from the shoulder emblem worn by the British airborne forces, which is the flying horse Pegasus.

Type of Aircraft: (make/model): Airspeed AS 51 Horsa

Construction:: replica

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Mémorial Pegasus - Ranville

inside / outside: outside

Other Information::
http://www.normandie1944.fr/index_content.php


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Tail Number: (S/N): Not listed

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