The Hamilcar was a purpose built glider made by General Aircraft Ltd during World War II to meet the requirements of airborne troops. The prototype first flew in the spring of 1942.
With a length of 68 ft, this glider was the longest wooden aircraft constructed during the war, designed to carry light tanks or combinations of vehicle equipment. Because of its size the Hamilcar needed a powerful aircraft to tow it, and in this respect the Halifax had an excellent record.
The Hamilcar took part in three major allied airborne operations of World War II: Normandy, Arnhem and the Rhine Crossing.
A powered version was made after the war but never went into production.
Joan Gemmell's profile - a civilian who worked on the Hamilcar production lines.