Link Trainer Building #8 Historical

Link Trainer Building #8 Historical (HM1VMK)

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315 Broward County
Country: United States of America

N 26° 4.33', W 80° 9.969'

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Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale (NASFL), a complex of over 200 buildings, was built on the site of Merle Fogg Field in 1942 and served as one of a few specialty schools for training on the TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bomber. Nineteen-year-old pilot Ensign George H.W. Bush, who later served as president of the United States, trained here in 1943. He spent several sessions in this building on a Link Trainer, a flight simulator commonly known as the "Blue Box" built by Link Aviation, Inc. On December 5, 1945, a routine training flight of five Avengers, Flight 19, disappeared into what became known as the Bermuda Triangle. In 1979 the NASFL Historical Association was formed by Navy veteran Allan McElhiney and a small group of aviation and history enthusiasts. Their goal was to save one building to restore as a museum for the public to visit and learn about the important role this base played in winning the war. With the help of Broward County Commissioner Lori Parrish, this building was relocated to its present location in December 1999. Link Trainer Building #8 is the only remaining building from NASFL, and the only military museum in Broward County.

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Year Placed2015
Placed ByNaval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Historical Association and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 583400 N 2883942
Decimal Degrees26.07216667, -80.16615000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 4.33', W 80° 9.969'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 4' 19.8" N, 80° 9' 58.14" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)954
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4000 W Perimeter Rd, Fort Lauderdale FL 33315, US
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