Flight Simulator Visits Tinker Air Force Base in OKC

By Chambers, Kelley | THE JOURNAL RECORD, November 15, 2006 | Go to article overview

Flight Simulator Visits Tinker Air Force Base in OKC


Chambers, Kelley, THE JOURNAL RECORD


While it is nothing unusual for someone who services a car engine to actually drive the vehicle, it is a different story for those who service engines for Air Force fighter planes.

Employees at Tinker who perform depot maintenance services of the F119 engines won't get to actually climb onboard a real jet plane, however, they will get a turn in a cockpit simulator this week for the F-22 Raptor, which is powered by the engine they service.

The simulator, created by Lockheed Martin, arrived at Tinker on Tuesday and will remain available until Thursday for trial runs by those who deal every day with the Pratt & Whitney engine.

Luis Zubillaga, general manager for Pratt & Whitney in Oklahoma City, said the simulator is a good way to give people a feel of the end result of their work.

"It's great for morale," he said. "It brings awareness to the capability of the aircraft."

Pratt & Whitney has been performing maintenance on the engines at Tinker for two years.

After thanking the Pratt & Whitney employees, Zubillaga brought his remarks to a close so that guests could try out the simulator.

"I'll wrap this up because I'm standing between you and the coolest video game machine you'll ever get to play with," he said. …

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