Dilbert Dunker

The Olympic sized swimming pool contained more than just water and was used for more than recreation. Survival training was one of the key purposes of the facility. Shown here is the Dilbert Dunker in action. An airplane cockpit on rails that crashed to the bottom of the pool and turned upside down taught aviators how to escape from aircraft when submerged. The first photo shows an aviator entering the cockpit for the ride to the bottom. The second shows the cockpit fully elevated on the rails which will carry it and the occupant to the bottom of the pool and then invert. The third photo shows the cockpit careening down the rails just before submersion.

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