WAAAM West has acquired a WWII Link Flight Trainer from WAAAM in Hood River. Restoration is in progress and we'll update it here. Eventually this historic item will be on display in the museum.
Mark Shaw is handling the restoration and notes that this Link Trainer is an electro-mechanical marvel. 10,000 of these were built to train all US pilots for WWII. It uses player piano and organ vacuum and pressure with bellows to move the trainer in response to pilot input. It is a very complicated machine that is undergoing a cosmetic restoration for display at the museum. Anyone familiar with organs or player piano repairs is welcome to help us restore this machine to actually operate.