In the summer of 2000, veterans of the Midland Branch of the Glider Pilot Regimental Association decided that an appropriate memorial to airborne forces would be a complete Airspeed Horsa assault glider. This site follows the construction of this unique piece of aviation history.

The full-size replica Horsa assault glider, built by enthusiast volunteers at RAF Shawbury between 2001 and 2014, made its way by sea across the English Channel in June 2019 and was displayed in Holland in September 2019 as part of a major event marking the 75th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden

The Horsa is now on permanent display at the War Museum Overloon in Holland.

‘Flying Pantechnicons’ is a fascinating miscellany charting the remarkable story of The Assault Glider Trust and the determination of an entirely charitable voluntary organisation in achieving a most ambitious aviation project. The book follows their incredible journey from original idea through acquisition, restoration and the final challenge of finding permanent locations for public display and interpretation.

ISBN 978-1-914059-16-2

The museum is looking for a number of items to complete the Airspeed Horsa display.

  • Four Eveready© WW2 flashlights for the ceiling of the fuselage
  • An Essex Model 3 fire extinguisher to replace the Essex Model 2 fire extinguisher currently displayed
  • A radio Amplifier Type A.1368 for the cockpit
  • WW2 uniforms for mannequins in the cockpit and fuselage
    • 1st Battalion Border Regiment
    • 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment
    • 7th Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers

If you are able to help with any of these items, please contact Richard Westmaas by email at

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