Friday, August 26, 2011

Aviation Snapshot - In the Driver's Seat of an F-16 Simulator

The F-16 Viper Driver's simulated office. Simulators have improved greatly over the years, and it is not uncommon for a pilot to walk away from the simulator drenched in sweat. Fighter simulators don't move, as human factors specialists determined years ago that a sim could not accurately replicate the violence of a real fighter. However, the brain believes what it sees, and if the sim freezes in a bank like this, the pilot will soon feel disoriented as his eyes and his butt argue about what attitude he is in. Photo courtesy of John M. Dibbs, from Viper Force: 56th Fighter Wing: To Fly and Fight the F-16.

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