Take a flight into the past at de Havilland museum’s vintage simulator

PUBLISHED: 09:50 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:50 19 February 2018

Curator Alistair Hodgson tries out the restored Link Pilot Trainer at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum

Curator Alistair Hodgson tries out the restored Link Pilot Trainer at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum

De Havilland Aircraft Museum

Visitors to a museum preserving the de Havilland aviation legacy will be able to take a flight into the past.

The fully equipped cockpit of the Link Pilot Trainer at de Havilland Aircraft MuseumThe fully equipped cockpit of the Link Pilot Trainer at de Havilland Aircraft Museum

A vintage simulator is the new experience being offered to visitors at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum.

The museum, located at Salisbury Hall, London Colney, unveiled the attraction when it reopened to the public on Sunday, February 11 after its winter closure.

Volunteers have fully restored the museum’s latest acquisition, a Link Trainer, which was used to instruct trainee pilots in flying on instruments only.

The Link Trainer, developed in the United States in the 1930s to teach pilots how to fly safely in the dark, is a mock cockpit fully equipped with working controls and instruments, similar to that of a North American Harvard.

The RAF used them to train thousands of pilots before and during the Second World War.

In return for donations to the museum’s New Hangar Fund, visitors trying it out will be given flight instructions by a skilled museum volunteer.

Their flying actions will be marked on a linked plotting chart, which will be given to the pilot at the end of the flight.

Museum volunteer Mike Garrick, a retired US Navy Commander with many years’ experience of piloting multi-engined aircraft, will provide a personal insight into the development of de Havilland aircraft cockpits from the 1930s Tiger Moth to the 1960s Trident jet airliner and other vintage aircraft.

• For more information, call the museum on 01727 826400 or visit www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

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