The flight simulator dome in this picture is some 30 feet in diameter with a 360 degree projection. Soon, Israeli pilots will be able to train for specific tactical attack missions, including dealing with advanced air defenses and night vision, all while “flying” in relation to four other aircraft.
Israel, with its limited air space for training, is now taking flight simulation far beyond developing flying skills. With this new simulator, now under development in Belgium, pilots will be able to greatly increase their skill and confidence for a specific assignment.
The illustration shown is not specifically from this new simulator, but one can get an idea of how it might appear to the trainee. Note also these F-16s, which Israel uses quite extensively, are scooting along close to the ground. Look for a future post regarding new terrain-avoidance technologies. Also look for a post about the highly modified F-16I.
****And then there is that 30 feet diameter dome pictured above. It reminded me of a popular program of the late 60’s. Can you guess which one? Here, I’ll help you. The following are signs that were visible at various times during the program. They are the VILLAGE MAXIMS ( The first one is a personal favorite):
“Questions are a burden to others; answers a prison for oneself”
“Humour (the British spelling is another clue) is the essential ingredient of a democratic society.”
“A still tongue makes a happy life.” and
“Of the people, By the people, For the people.”
That was fun. Well, as they say in The Village, “Be seeing you.”
THE PRISONER episodes are available on this AMCTV link. Very high quality. A word of warning, though. After you have watched a few episodes, the theme music will stick in your head just like that old “Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz, Oh what a relief it is” jingle used to do.
Oh, I’m sorry, did I get that spinning in your head again, too? 😉