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Negative created at Hancock Field in Santa Maria, California is an image of an instructor and a cadet using a Link Trainer. Link Trainers were early analog flight simulators built by Link Aviation Devices, for the purpose of training pilots to fly by instruments alone. The trainers moved in response to the pilot's controls, and gave feedback through an instrument panel. The canopy could be used to simulate blind flying. Instructors had access to real-time data from the trainer, and could communicate with the pilot via headphones. Because most Link Trainers were painted blue with yellow control surfaces, they were also called "blue boxes".
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