On Saturday 11 August 2019 we had the unique opportunity to see the Horsa glider that came to the Netherlands from England to be set up at the Needle in Oosterbeek during the airborne commemorations and then taken to its final destination: the War Museum at Overloon. Thanks to good contacts with Museum vlb Deelen I was asked if I was interested in looking at the plane in a shelter rented by this museum from the former  Soesterberg Air Base to report on this on ARS Website. Of course I immediately answered positively, because it was never possible to admire a Horsa glider in real life, as there are no more examples left. The 3750 aircraft that were built were lost during the war or were demolished after the war and even used as emergency accommodation.

 

An emergency accommodation for the fuselage of a Horsa, conceived by contractor Arthur Bedfort in Southborne in the south of England after the war.
Horsa glider after the landing at Wolfheze.
On ARS Website you see pictures of a Horsa glider after the landing during operation Market Garden.

 

On Sunday 19 May 2019 we were on a theme day of the Friends of the Airborne Museum.  The theme was "The Glider Pilot Regiment". In the morning we visited the  Glider Collection at Wolfheze. The we could see part of a Horsa glider.
What a huge device, that Horsa Glider. The fuselage is 20 meters long and the wingspan is the same size. When you see the images of this glider from 1944 at the Pegasus bridge in Normandy and during operation Market Garden you don't realize the enormous dimensions. But it wasn't until yesterday, when we saw the plane at its fullest size in the shelter of the former Soesterberg Air Base we saw the huge size. It was an exact replica. Quite an experience.
We were there today at the invitation of Bas Schoel, connected to the Museum vlb Deelen. This museum currently rents this shelter at the former Soesterberg airbase and has made it available to the Horsa project. Here the aircraft is being prepared to be exhibited in Oosterbeek in September at De Naald in front of the Airborne Museum. After the commemorations, the device will be taken to its final destination: the War Museum Overloon.
It took volunteers from the Royal Airforce (RAF), the Assault Glider Trust, in Shawbury England 13 years to build a full-scale replica of a Horsa glider. It took another 5 years before a place was found for this huge glider here in the Netherlands. Before the Horsa goes to its final destination in Museum Overloon in Brabant where it gets a permanent place in the museum, it first comes to Oosterbeek to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Market Garden. Some 600 Horsa gliders landed in 3 September 1944. After the lost Battle of Arnhem they were massively destroyed by the Germans. That's why there was little left of this, nevertheless very important, part of the Second World War: the enormous share these Horsa's had in Operation Market Garden. Not only did they transport most of the allies, but all the equipment came with the Horsa.
My wife at the Horsa glider.
You can see the large wingspan of the wing.
Besides the fuselage of the aircraft there are also the wings, which are still being worked on.