Link Aviation, Inc. Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1997.0002
Creators:
Link Aviation, Inc.
Dates:
[ca. 1930s-1970s]
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
9.81 Cubic feet
(9 records center boxes)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of mostly technical manuals and reports relating to Link Trainer models, circa 1933-1976. Also includes as part of the collection is a microfilm copy of the early Link business records, with corresponding database. Three folders of photographs regarding Link Aviation, Inc., were transferred later and added to this collection on 02/18/99.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Link Aviation, Inc., was a pioneer company in the field of synthetic flight training. Started by Edwin Link during the 1930s, Link Aviation, Inc., helped train over 500,000 military airman during World War II via their 'blue box trainers.' After the war, Link grew to be the largest manufacturer of electronic weapon-systems trainers and flight and space-mission simulators. During the company's existence, Link manufactured the following types of training systems: visual display systems; commercial aircraft simulators; military aircraft simulators, including the first jet trainer and the first jet bomber trainer; general aviation simulators; and space mission simulators. Link was sold in 1995 to General Motors' Hughes Electronics Corp., Hughes Training Inc.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Hughes Training, Inc., gift, 1996, 1997-0002, unknown

General
General
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Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Flight training Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Link trainers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Flight simulators Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Flight simulator industry Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Link, Edwin A. (Edwin Albert), 1904-1981 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Chantilly, VA 20151
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