PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. U.S. Navy air combat experts are expanding simulation and training activities for the Navy Pacific Fleet F-35C carrier-based joint strike fighter to help give F-35 pilots and flight crews a realistic training experience possible at the most economical cost possible.
Lockheed Martin Corp. Aeronautics segment in Fort Worth, Texas, has got an order from the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md. to build a sophisticated F-35C simulation and training facility at Lemoore Naval Air Station in Central California. Lockheed Martin is the F-35C aircraft manufacturer and flight simulator integrator.
The Pilot Fitting Facility (PFF) is a one-stop shop for custom-fitting pilots for the sophisticated F-35 pilot flight equipment, Lockheed Martin officials say. Experts at the PFF perform anthropometric measurements of each pilot, and then issue everything from helmets to socks. The idea is to custom-equip each F-35C pilot for optimum performance.
F-35C pilots will use special flight helmets that are data linked to six cameras pointed outside the aircraft. This enables pilots to “see through” the aircraft and see straight down and all over the aircraft. The F-35C G suit will enable pilots to withstand maneuvers as intense as nine Gs. F-35C flight suits also are air conditioned to reduce stress on pilots.
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