The CVT: a selection test for the RAF

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The CVT: a selection test for the RAF

This is an object entirely without aesthetic appeal. The brainchild of a Cambridge psychologist, it was created during WW2, to improve the probability that those selected for RAF pilot training would be successful (and survive in combat) It tells a story of a nation using all available resources to succeed against the odds, and use some pretty esoteric means to do so. Inside, the machine is driven by the motors from a Garrard gramophone and a Smiths clock: it includes some Meccano gears and a domestic electric light switch; a triumph of improvisation.

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