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A-10 Virtual Reality Flight Experience
by U.S. Air Force Todd Cromar
75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
January 26, 2022

If you’ve ever dreamed of what it would be like to fly an A-10 Thunderbolt II, then strap in, because now is your chance ... virtually that is.

Recently, the Hill Aerospace Museum in conjunction with the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah completed a thrilling new exhibit, known as the “A-10 Virtual Reality Flight Experience.”

A screenshot of the A-10 Virtual Reality Flight Experience Dec. 11, 2021, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The newly added simulation gives museum visitors a chance to experience what it’s like to fly in the famous aircraft nicknamed the "Warthog,” over the mountains and valleys of Utah’s west desert. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)
A screenshot of the A-10 Virtual Reality Flight Experience Dec. 11, 2021, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The newly added simulation gives museum visitors a chance to experience what it’s like to fly in the famous aircraft nicknamed the "Warthog,” over the mountains and valleys of Utah’s west desert. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

This exciting new addition gives museum visitors a chance to experience what it’s like to fly in the famous aircraft nicknamed the "Warthog,” over the mountains and valleys of Utah’s west desert.

The simulation was developed and created with collaboration between the Hill Aerospace Museum, 514th Flight Test Squadron, and 2nd Audio Visual Squadron.

Raelyn Embleton, Hill Aerospace Museum education director, said 360 cameras were strapped to the head and chest of pilot, Lt Col. Kevin “Igloo” Belcher, 514th Flight Test Squadron, during a real-world test flight over the Utah Test and Training Range in order to create the virtual simulation.

Hill Aerospace Museum visitors inside A-10 Virtual Reality Flight Experience Dec. 11, 2021, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The newly added simulation gives museum visitors a chance to experience what it’s like to fly in the famous aircraft nicknamed the "Warthog,” over the mountains and valleys of Utah’s west desert. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)
Hill Aerospace Museum visitors inside A-10 Virtual Reality Flight Experience Dec. 11, 2021, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The newly added simulation gives museum visitors a chance to experience what it’s like to fly in the famous aircraft nicknamed the "Warthog,” over the mountains and valleys of Utah’s west desert. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

“The experience begins with a brief introduction of the pilot and the 514th mission, to give the public a better idea of what Hill AFB does, and further educate visitors about the many diverse and interesting missions, that are accomplished here,” she said.

The simulation is viewed through a virtual reality headset and allows users to select from four individual flight segments ... take-off, low-level mountain flying, acrobatics and landing ... or enjoy the entire flight from start to finish, in succession.

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Hill Aerospace Museum is located on approximately 30 acres of the northwest corner of Hill Air Force Base, five miles south of Ogden, Utah. The Museum, which opened in 1986, was founded in 1981 as a part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program.  Not only does the Museum have more than 70 aircraft on display in its two inside galleries and outside air park, it exhibits thousands of artifacts depicting the history of aviation of the United States Air Force, Hill Air Force Base and the State of Utah.

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