Antoinette Barrel: the world’s first aircraft simulator

Antoinette Barrel (1909): the world’s first aircraft simulator

Built by the Antoinette aircraft company in the workshops of Mourmelon (Champagne, France), this ball-joint mounted cockpit was manually operated in the yaw, roll and pitch axes, and was used for pilot training. This primitive simulator, made of two half-barrels balanced on top of each other, allowed the trainee pilot to practice using the unusual flight controls of the Antoinette aircraft (the two wheel system was less intuitive than a control stick).

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