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Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Link Trainer Building #8

 
 
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By Jay Kravetz, November 7, 2016
1. Link Trainer Building #8 Marker
Inscription. 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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Link Trainer Building #8 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, November 7, 2016
2. Link Trainer Building #8 Marker
Air Station Fort Lauderdale Historical Association and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-878.)
 
Location. 26° 4.33′ N, 80° 9.969′ W. Marker is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in Broward County. Marker is at the intersection of West Perimeter Road and Southwest 40th Street, on the left when traveling south on West Perimeter Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4000 W Perimeter Rd, Fort Lauderdale FL 33315, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mackey Airlines, Inc. (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Tequesta (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Lewis Family (approx. 3 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); The First Fort Lauderdale (approx. 3.2 miles away); West Side Grade School (approx. 3.2 miles away); Council Oak Tree (approx. 3.3 miles away); Old Fort Lauderdale Village (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Lauderdale.
 
Also see . . .  Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum. (Submitted on November 12, 2016.)
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Link Trainer Building #8 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, November 7, 2016
3. Link Trainer Building #8 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 91 times this year. Last updated on December 11, 2016, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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