The Hotspur was designed as a troop-carrying glider. The eight- seat Hotspur was
inspired by the successful use of the DFS 230 by the Germans in May 1940 (famous attacks
on the Belgian fortress Eben-Emael, on Crete and to liberate Mussolini). The gliding
performance of the Hotspur was not entirely satisfactory, and toghether with the
development of larger gliders this prevented the type from entering combat service. With a
shortened wingspan, the Hotspur became the standard glider trainer.
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