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Title Link Trainer Model AN-T-18 Flight Simulator
Date 1941
Collection Aircraft & Flight Simulators
Object Name Simulator, Flight
Catalog Number 1997.9.1
Description Link Trainer (nicknamed "Blue Box") Model AN-T-18 flight simulator. Wood trainer with metal panel, gauges and other components. Painted blue with yellow wings and yellow tail sections and decal of early 1940s Delta logo on one side. Mounted to a black metal base that holds the vacuum-operated bellows, which are controlled by valves connected to the control wheel and rudder pedals inside the trainer.
Artist/Maker Link Aviation Devices, Inc., Binghamton, NY
Provenance This Link Trainer was restored by Edmund E. Schattle, who joined Delta in May 1946, as System Chief - Link Trainer. When the jets arrived, and Link Trainers were phased out, he started a side business selling and servicing Link Trainers.

Delta's Link Trainer Training Program began in late 1941, to "improve the instrument flying of already qualified Captains; to prepare First Officers for qualification as Captains; to bring Captains and First Officers up-to-date regarding procedures to be used on instrument flying." Chief Pilot memo, Nov 7, 1941 (see 1997.9 accession file for photocopy).

The Link Trainer used a unique system of levers, valves and vacuum bellows to move. It could spin 360 degrees around. The yellow wings and tail sections moved in response to the pilot's movements of the rudder and stick. When the hood was down, the pilot practiced flying by instruments, or "blind flying."
Search Terms Delta Air Lines
Link Trainer
Logo, Delta Winged Triangle
Subjects Flight simulators
Flight training
Training, Vocational
Airline pilots
Credit line Gift of Link Trainer Sales and Services, Inc., Edmund E. Schattle, owner
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