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Wheels West Day in Susanville History – March 20th, 1945

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Training in a World War II era Link trainer -

Training in a World War II era Link trainer –

Susanville Man Wins Praise For His Adaptation
March 20, 1945

A letter of commendation expressing appreciation for pioneering work in the field of synthetic training devices for the Army Air Forces has been received by Cpl. Clark L. Burr, 1520 Main St., Susanville, Calif.

Cpl. Burr, who was an auto mechanic in Susanville before entering the service, has been in the Link Trainer department at Chico Army Air Field for over two years. During that time, he has made several contributions to the efficient operations of the simulated aircraft which can do everything a real plane can, expect fly.

His latest development in the synthetic trainer field was the installation of very high frequency radio equipment in the Links which exactly simulates that found on the P-38 Lightning fighters, in which pilots receive combat training at Chico.

As a result of Cpl. Burr’s installations, Chico Army Air Field is the first base to feature such a development in its Link Trainer department. This equipment now will become standard for all Fourth Air Force stations.

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