Link Trainers, named after Edwin Albert Link, were flight training machines produced in the 1930s & early 1950s to help teach pilots how to fly by instruments safely.
We will not go into too much detail here as you can read all about them on Wikipedia* Follow that link ;-).
This page is to give you the history about the two Link Trainers 1344sqn owned and their time with us.
This section is under research
But in early April 2013 a man named Colin Green posted asking about the ANT-18 pictured in the banner.
"Does it actually work.??? I am rebuilding a D4 Link Trainer at Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Old Sarum Near Salisbury.
This one is 1952 and much more complicated than yours but looking at
pics some parts are the same so its just a bigger brother."
We responded that it did and that we also had a D4. He said that if we ever decided to get rid of the D4 to let him know. We did, and were delighted that we could.
And so on Thursday 2nd May 2013, Colin and another member of the collection came to our squadron and together with some of our members (including Mr T) the D4 was loaded onto their trailer and taken away.
Their restoration project already involved another D4 and their plan was to cannibalise ours to restore theirs, although they saw that ours was in very good condition so might use it as the main frame instead. Details of the project are unavailable at present but we will bring you any details when we get them.
Around the same time we got a response from Boxcliff to say they would take the ANT-18. Again they intend to restore it to a more operational status.
This was removed on the 21st May 2013.
Details of this project are also unavailable