Manufactured by Link
This is the World War II version of the Link Trainer. The purpose of this equipment was to teach the student pilot to fly his airplane without any outside reference. The student would enter the trainer, close the hatch, close the door and turn on the lights. All he could see was the instrument panel.
At the desk sat the operator. It was his job to put the Link Trainer into unusual flight attitudes and let the student recover to level flight using only the instruments. The trainer could also fly “patterns” such as approach and departure patterns, ground controlled approaches, etc.
Following many hours of training in the Link, the student was permitted to fly a real airplane on instruments. They found that actual flying on instruments was much easier than flying the Link Trainer.
The Link Trainer has evolved into the highly sophisticated flight simulators used to train pilots to fly aircraft with complex systems.
- Role/Category: Trainer