Cessna CG-2

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Model CG-2
A CG-2 on display
Role Primary Glider
Manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company
Designer Clyde Cessna, Eldon Cessna
Introduction 1930
Produced 1930-1932

The Cessna Model CG-2 was an American primary glider built by the Cessna Aircraft Company in the early 1930s.

Design and development[edit]

In 1930, the Cessna Aircraft Company was suffering from the effects of the Great Depression, which drastically reduced civil aircraft sales. Clyde Cessna, the company's principal founder, needed a solution. Clyde's son Eldon Cessna suggested building gliders, which were simple and cheap to construct, and would keep the company afloat until customers resumed purchasing more advanced (and expensive) powered aircraft.

The result was a simple primary glider known as the Model CG-2, known internally as the Cessna Glider, model 2, introduced in 1930 and inspired by German primary gliders of the era. It was marketed by Cessna via catalog at a price of only $398 ($7,259 in 2023); one reason for its low price was that it was sold as a kit, crated with an assembly manual and a bungee cord launch system. The advertising campaign promised that "man might fly first, without power, in safety"; another advertisement stated that "glider pilots will be future transport pilots".

Production figures for the Model CG-2 are not precisely known. Cessna records show that only 54 CG-2 gliders were sold; however, some sources state that Cessna manufactured at least 300 CG-2s.[1]

CG-2 sales generated sufficient funds to keep Cessna operating until 1932, when the company shut down for a period of two years.[1][2][3][4]

Operational Usage[edit]

Once the CG-2 had been assembled the glider could be launched via the bungee cord method, as supplied with the glider, or it could be towed by an automobile or airplane.[1]

Longer flights could also be achieved by launching the glider off a hill or ridge.[3]

Surviving Examples[edit]

There are two known examples of a CG-2 on display in a museum.


  • Cessna CPG-1 - A motorized variant using a 10 hp (7.4 kW) Cleone engine.[6][4]
  • Cessna CS-1 - A sailplane variant.[4]
  • Cessna EC-2 - A small one-seat monoplane derivative, with enclosed cockpit, powered.[4]


Men with a Cessna CG-2 glider in the 1930s
Men with a Cessna CG-2 glider in the 1930s


Data from AirVenture Museum website[7]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 18 ft 0 in (5.49 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 2 in (11.02 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
  • Wing area: 157 sq ft (14.6 m2)
  • Empty weight: 120 lb (54 kg)


  • Maximum speed: 25 mph (40 km/h, 22 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 20 mph (32 km/h, 17 kn)
  • Stall speed: 15 mph (24 km/h, 13 kn)



  1. ^ a b c d "1930 Cessna CG-2 Glider". www.meer.com. 19 January 2019. Retrieved 2022-07-07.
  2. ^ "Air Venture Website". www.eaa.org. Retrieved 2022-07-07.
  3. ^ a b "Cessna CG-2 Glider Museum of Flight". Retrieved 2022-07-08.
  4. ^ a b c d "Cessna CG-2 Glider - Seattle, WA - Static Aircraft Displays on Waymarking.com". www.waymarking.com. Retrieved 2022-07-08.
  5. ^ "Cessna CG-2 Glider". Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  6. ^ AAHS Journal. 29. {{cite journal}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "1930 Cessna CG-2 Glider". eaa.org. 2017-04-25.


  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.

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