Near Elmira in Chemung County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
World War II Glider Training at Harris Hill
On this site in May 1941 the first Air Corps Pilot Officers reported for Glider Training. The six officers were lead by Major Fred R. Dent, Jr. who later was to direct the development and procurement of military gliders. The Elmira Area Soaring Corp, School provided the basic training using Schweizer Aircraft Corp, two-place gliders. Maj. Gen. H.H. “Hap” Arnold, Chief of the Air Corps, visited several times to learn about gliders to prepare for the military glider program. This plaque is dedicated to those civilian and military personnel who contributed much to this World War II program.
Dedicated 16 May 1991 by the National World War II Glider Pilots Association.
Erected 1991 by National World War II Glider Pilots Association.
Location. 42° 7.223′ N, 76° 54.024′ W. Marker is near Elmira, New York, in Chemung County. Marker is on Soaring Hill Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. In front of the Harris Hill Soaring Corp. Visitor and Flight Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 57 Soaring Hill Drive, Elmira NY 14903, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. National Soaring Museum (a few steps from this marker); Rhodes Farm Runonvea (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Settler (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Gettysburg Address (approx. 3.8 miles away); Confederate Soldiers Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Shohola Railroad Accident Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Confederate Burials (approx. 3.8 miles away); A National Cemetery System (approx. 3.8 miles away); Woodlawn National Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elmira.
Categories. • Air & Space • War, World II •
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