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New flight simulator opens at Orlando Science Center

January 19, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Science Center has opened a new flight simulator that puts visitors in the virtual cockpit of a Marine Corps fighter jet.

A Navy news release says the central Florida museum and the Office of Naval Research held a ribbon-cutting last week for the new Flight Lab. The permanent exhibit provides a virtual, hands-on experience where guests can learn how to pilot an F-35B.

The Flight Lab uses 13 Oculus Rift virtual display units. Visitors can test their aviation skills as either a pilot or co-pilot, working together to complete a mission. During these missions, co-pilots will have to solve math problems, such as determining the amount of fuel, the speed and weight among other factors, before telling the pilot where to go and how fast to get there.

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