Marine Recruiting Offices To Add Flight Simulators To Attract Potential Aviators091208-M-0000X-002 MIRAMAR, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2009) The newest MV-22 Osprey containerized flight training device is complete and operational at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. (U.S. Marine Corps photo/Released)
In an attempt to recruit young people to become aviators, the United States Marines Corps Recruiting Command wants to send 22 flight simulators to different recruiting offices across the country.
According to a request put out in early August, the Marines intend to buy five fully enclosed 3-axis motion flight simulators that are identical to the cockpits of the MV-22 Osprey, the F/A-18C Hornet, the Ah-1Z Viper and the F-35B joint strike fighter which can include any flight conditions or mission set. These simulators will make the situation as real as possible for aviators as they will be followed to the smallest detail.
In addition, they want to purchase another 17 unenclosed two-axis motion flight simulators. There will be six Ah-1Z Vipers, six MV-22 Ospreys and five F-35 B’s included in the request.
“The flight simulators will be used at recruiting engagements in order to generate awareness and interest for our Marine Corps aviation programs, and to encourage men and women to explore the opportunity of becoming a Marine Corps officer,” Marine Corps Recruiting Command spokesman, Jim Edwards told the Marine Corps Times.
He said that at the moment, only the 4th Marine Corps District in Pennsylvania uses flight simulators, but with the purchase, mobile simulators can be used at ever recruiting district as a part of Marine Corps Flight Orientation Program.