The Link Trainer, designed in the 1920s by American Edwin Link, was the first instrument flying trainer. These trainers were used by the RAF throughout the Second World War and into the 1950s with each station having its own Link Trainer building and instructors. RAF Tangmere’s Link Trainer was mainly used by night fighter pilots.
The Museum’s D-4 Link trainer was originally allocated to a Guildford Air Training Corps squadron before being donated to the Museum in 2006. Since that date, Museum engineer Ben Brown and former pilot Eric Webster have been working tirelessly to bring it up to ‘flying’ condition. This has now been achieved and the trainer is available to visitors having, or having had, a pilot qualification and instrument flying endorsement. Flying the Link Trainer is subject to some other important conditions.
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