(Elizabeth City, NC) The Museum of the Albemarle's latest addition to its "Out of the Blue: Coast Guard Aviation" exhibit is what is known as the "Blue Box". The "Blue Box" is an early instrument flight trainer developed from Edwin A. Link's first system perfected in 1929. It is representative of a series of over 10,000 "Blue Boxes" that helped qualify more than half a million airmen during and after World War II, and has been used by more than 35 countries around the world.
Called the "C" series, it utilized a unique system of levers, valves, and vacuum bellows, simulating the moves of an actual airplane in flight. Inside, it features a full-scale instrument panel.
MOA's "Blue Box" was completely restored in 2007 by Bobby Pifer of Tampa Florida.
The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums, Department of Cultural Resources, State of North Carolina. Treasure NC Culture. www.ncculture.com