F-35 Simulator Technology makes its mark at show for engineers of the future

LONDON, 21 MARCH, 2012 - Thousands of schoolchildren had the chance to try the latest in F-35 fighter jet simulator technology when they visited the Lockheed Martin UK stand at the Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at Birmingham.

They were among more than 50,000 who visited the fair over three days, with a large number making a bee-line for the Lockheed Martin stand where the latest gaming technology was being used to offer a 3-D experience of what it is like to pilot an F-35.

Big Bang is used to inspire youngsters to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or maths with leading companies finding imaginative ways to demonstrate their work and capabilities.

The Lockheed Martin stand was staffed by graduate trainees, who were able to provide an expert insight into the opportunities and development available to those looking at a career with the company. HR representatives were also on hand to answer questions and provide careers literature.

Lockheed Martin UK Graduate Employment manager Jonathan Young said: “This was a great opportunity to engage with the scientists and engineers of the future. The F-35 simulation game proved extremely popular and provided an exciting insight into a career with Lockheed Martin.”

In addition, support from Lockheed Martin was given to the Society of Environmental Engineers’ stand focusing on green energy technology and the company displayed its work on the Bloodhound land speed record vehicle.

However, the main attraction was the interactive F-35 experience where there was a constant queue of budding young engineers eager to try their hand at flying the aircraft, controlling its motion through a series of body movements to negotiate obstacles, refuel and ultimately land the aircraft.

With points scored for successful completion of the missions, it also sparked a considerable amount of competition as the youngsters sought to be the best Top Gun.

A young visitor to the Big Bang takes on one of the experts in flying the F-35 jet A young visitor to the Big Bang takes on one of the experts in flying the F-35 jet

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