Cadet Senior Airman Brandon Snyder of the Martinsburg unit operates the simulator.
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Noah England points out features of the C-17 to Capt. Frank Panek, Martinsburg Composite Squadron commander.
Photos by Capt. Jacob Bixler
Capt. Jacob Bixler
A dozen members of the Virginia Wing's Winchester and West Virginia Wing's Martinsburg composite squadrons got to fly a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft simulator at the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg.
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Noah England of the 167th’s Airlift Squadron guided the Civil Air Patrol cadets as pilot in the simulator. Each member experienced taking off from the base, flying a local loop and then landing again as co-pilot.
England coached and narrated through each step of the process, explaining the different pre- and post-flight checks as well as the various instruments and electronic systems referenced and used while in simulated flight.
Cadets found the heads-up display to be the simulator's most impressive component, as it was important to adjust the contrast to view the full instrument panel while also being able to see the virtual skyline of Martinsburg below.
“The simulator was an incredible experience, especially for the cadets, to help motivate them to learn how to become pilots,” said 2nd Lt. Ronald Caballero, the Winchester squadron’s assistant aerospace education officer.
The CAP members were offered the opportunity on the base’s behalf from L-3 Communications, the manager and maintainers of the simulator at the airlift wing.