Sheppard Airmen Check Out Raptor Simulator | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 10.29.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.29.14 **
** Airborne 10.27.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.27.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.24.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.24.14 **

Mon, Feb 21, 2005

Sheppard Airmen Check Out Raptor Simulator

Learning All About The "F-15 On Steroids"

It has been called an F-15 Eagle on steroids because of its advanced technologies. The F/A-22 Raptor, the Air Force's newest aircraft, has gained recognition as the first stealth supersonic fighter in the world.

The $1.5 million cockpit simulator brought to Sheppard AFB Feb. 16 to 18 gave Airmen a chance to learn more about its capabilities and even fly it.

"You can't compare it to anything," said Jim Conlin, of Lockheed Martin Corp., about the aircraft's revolutionary capabilities. "It's like bringing a gun to a knife fight."

Mr. Conlin, the F/A-22 manager of customer requirements operations for the company, said the cockpit demonstrator is the tip of the iceberg of what is actually on the aircraft. He said some components of the actual cockpit could not be included for security reasons.

The Raptor is the first fighter that is stealthy and can fly at supersonic speeds without igniting the afterburners. Mr. Conlin said this allows the fighter to get to a fight faster and stay longer because of better fuel efficiency. The aircraft is set to cruise at Mach 1.5-plus without afterburners.

The demonstrator is somewhat like a video game, he said. That could change the stereotype of future fighter pilots.

"I hate to admit it, but the kids who are video gamers will be your best pilots," Mr. Conlin said.

Senior Airman Tim Sikardi of the 82nd Mission Support Squadron said he is into flight simulator games at home, but this simulator was nothing like he has ever encountered.

"It's just a lot more realistic," he said after his turn at the controls. "The graphics are incredible."

Airman Sikardi said, even though people are around you, you focus on the three-paneled screen and do not even notice the others in the hangar.

This was a chance to see one of the newest aircraft that Airmen will be training on in the near future, said Ron Devereaux, the single point manager for F/A-22 avionics at the 365th Training Squadron.

"We're trying to get people here at Sheppard excited about the F/A-22 training here," he said. "That's what this is about."

(ANN salutes John Ingle, 82nd Training Wing Public Affairs, USAF)

FMI: www.af.mil

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 10.29.14: Antares Launch Failure, GAMA Responds, Another 'Roadable'???

Also: Dragon Returns, Quadcopter Flown At Airliner?, Classic Aero-TV: Redhawk, Diesel Flt School Airplanes, WWII Bomber Found The unmanned Antares rocket built by Orbital Science C>[...]

Antares ISS Resupply Mission Suffers Launch Failure

Vehicle Suffers Failure Just Seconds Into Launch Sequence Analysis By ANN Space Correspondent, Wes Oleszewski At approximately 18:22:38.651 Eastern time, the two AJ-26 first stage >[...]

Airborne 10.27.14: New Freefall Altitude Record, NBAA14 Wrap-Up, Falcon AOG

Also: New ALPA Officers, Hurricane Hunters, Aventura AVW, New Runway at Copiah County, LTC Tom Dougherty Flies West Only 2 years ago, Felix Baumgartner set a record for the highest>[...]

Airborne 10.29.14: Antares Launch Failure, GAMA Responds, Another 'Roadable'???

Also: Dragon Returns, Quadcopter Flown At Airliner?, Classic Aero-TV: Redhawk, Diesel Flt School Airplanes, WWII Bomber Found The unmanned Antares rocket built by Orbital Science C>[...]

U.K. Ministry Of Defense Makes $2.42 Billion Air Traffic Management Deal

Contract Awarded To Joint Venture Between Thales And NATS AQUILA, a joint venture between Thales and NATS, has been awarded the £1.5 billion (approx. $2.42 billion) contract,>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC