The answer to yesterday's query (from AOPA Pilot Magazine - Apr 98) is
Ed Link, who developed the Link Trainer, which has evolved into today's
sophisticated full-motion flight simulators.
Evolution takes a radical turn sometimes. It was thought for many
years that the species of instruments known as "automatica pneumonica
musicalis" had died out. In fact, it seems that forces of nature may
have played a roll in the evolutionary shift to an almost
Eventually, nature found that a noncompressible fluid has advantages
over a compressible fluid, and hydraulics replaced pneumatic systems.
Of course, this all leads to the inescapable conclusion that pilots are
[ While I was working at Disneyland in the 1960s, the technicians
[ exchanged most of the pneumatic servomechanisms in the
[ "Small World" ride for hydraulics, with hydraulic fluid which
[ always found a place to leak. The techs hated the hydraulics
[ but that's what the whiz-kid engineers ordered. The 'Tiki Room'
[ preserved the vacuum actuators, however, with the cheerful
[ wheezing when the birds spoke. -- Robbie