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Virtual Reality Blueprints by John Williamson, Charles Palmer

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Link Trainers and Apollo

World War One took aviation from flights of hundreds of meters to flights measured in hundreds of kilometers. Early flight trainers were no more than barrels on ropes. Edward Link saw the potential for growth in aviation and the need for trained pilots to fly these more complex aircraft. The complexity of new planes would require a new level of fidelity in training systems, and the number of new pilots could not meet demand with current techniques.

This was brought to the forefront when 12 pilots were killed in training in less than three months. Link took his knowledge of building pump organs and created analog flight simulators designed to teach flight by instruments. There were no graphics of any kind and no scrolling ...

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