Title: General Aircraft Hotspur

The General Aircraft Hotspur was the first transport glider produced by the Allies during World War II. It carried two pilots, one behind the other, and seven troops. Doors allowed passengers to enter and exit on both sides. The pilots boarded by way of a hinged plexiglass canopy. Hotspurs were used extensively for training by England’s Glider Pilot Regiment, but none were ever used in combat.

To maximise value, this title includes the flight manual (titled pilot’s notes) for the Hotspur plus flight manuals for two other British WW2 gliders, the Horsa and the Hamilcar. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.


This title contains:

  • RAF Pilot’s Notes for the General Aircraft Hotspur I & II gliders, AP 2092A & B-PN dated Dec 41, approx 112 pages. This manual is actually a combined manual comprising the Volume One – Descriptive Handbook, (the RAF equivalent of the USAAF Erection & Maintenance Instructions), and the Pilot’s Notes.
  • RAF Pilot’s Notes for the Airspeed Horsa I glider, AP 2097A & B-PN, dated June 42, approx 90 pages. This manual includes extensive appendices giving notes for glider tug pilots, including general notes for tug pilots, and additional notes for specific tug aircraft types when towing the Horsa.
  • RAF Pilot’s Notes for the General Aircraft Hamilcar I glider, AP 2219A-PN dated Jan 44, approx 37 pages.