Air Force developing virtual reality-aided maintenance and training for C-130 Hercules utility aircraft

Feb. 10, 2020
The Air Force will finish the virtual reality platform by this summer, so nearly 230 airmen will use it to undergo virtual reality training each year.

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. – The U.S. Air Force is working to use virtual reality for teaching airmen how to maintain C-130 aircraft. Air Force Times reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

10 Feb. 2020 -- The effort aims not only to facilitate the training process but also to minimize the diversion of Hercules and Super Hercules aircraft from their missions.

The process now requires weeks or months of advance notice to ensure a C-130 is available for the mandatory maintenance training.

Air Force Headquarters, along with the Air Mobility Command and Air Education and Training Command, has partnered with contractor Mass Virtual to develop a virtual environment based on the C-130H Hercules and the C-130J Super Hercules.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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