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Enemy Air-Borne Forces, Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 7, December 2, 1942
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All glider pilots and glider-borne troops and the 1st Assault Regiment are members of the German Air Force, though they may initially have been in the Army. Glider pilots are generally men who have had previous civilian experience in glider flying. But comparatively excellent civilian glider experience is said to be insufficient to qualify a pilot for operating a freight-carrying model. Training on the large gliders is done in the glider unit itself. An important feature is the making of spot landings, and blind flying is also taught. At the glider training school at Braunschweig-Waggum, the course lasts 6 weeks. No reserve pilot is carried in operations with the small glider. Air-landing troops do not necessarily have to have any special training beyond instruction and practice in getting out of the glider quickly.

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