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Title Link Trainer Instructor Desk
Date ca. 1941
Collection Aircraft & Flight Simulators
Object Name Desk
Catalog Number 1997.9.2
Description 1940s Link Trainer instructor desk, connecting cables and instructor control panel (inside desk drawer).
Artist/Maker Link Aviation Devices, Inc., Binghamton, NY
Dimension Details Desk measures: 72" L x 40" W x 36" H.
Provenance This Link Trainer instructor's desk was owned 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 instructor sat at a desk outside the trainer and communicated with the student inside the trainer by radio and headsets. The student's simulated flight path was traced and recorded by a three-wheeled course plotter, or "crab," on an aeronautical map under glass on the instructor's desk. The crab responded to the speed and direction of the trainer by electical signals transmitted through connecting cables.
Search Terms Link Trainer
Delta Air Lines
Subjects Desks
Instrument panels
Airline pilots
Flight simulators
Flight training
Instructors
Training, Vocational
Credit line Gift of Link Trainer Sales and Services, Inc., Edmund E. Schattle, owner
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