New Simulators Coming in August

The Museum is adding four F-35 simulators in mid-August. These exciting additions are some of the most advanced simulators on the market!

The four upcoming F-35 simulators will offer a level of realism in simulated flight beyond that which any of us is familiar. Previous flight simulators will seem archaic by comparison.

The new simulators will offer 200 degrees of immersive imagery, powered by the X-Plane software and created by three projectors, that adds enormous measure of reality to the simulator experience.

For even more realism, the F-35 simulators will feature a flat panel display depicting the flight instrumentation found in the actual aircraft. Right and left sub-panels with fighter plane style switches and levers adorn the fuselage interior. Visitors will perch upon authentic F-18 ejection seats (disarmed of course) for an even more realistic aircraft feel while flying the simulator.

In addition to solo free flight, up to four participants may play against each other in simulated air combat. The air combat is a strong feature of the program and dog-fighting contests will be a favorite option for many visitors.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum will be the only institution in southern California offering flight simulation with this level of sophistication.

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