Link Trainer Building

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This long and narrow building was an aircrew training facility that contained a number of mechanical flight simulation devices called Link Trainers. These pilot training machines, first developed by Edwin Link in the late 1920s, consisted of a stylized, miniature airplane - complete with a cockpit, little wings and a tail, with usable flight controls - mounted on a pedestal that enabled it to move about, simulating in-flight behavior. The system used pneumatic mechanisms derived from the Link family's player-piano and organ business. During the war, thousands of Link Trainers were in use by the Army Air Corps to teach pilots proper instrument flight procedures.

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