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Release No: 041-00
May 11, 2000


For the first time in its history, the U.S. Navy has applied motion simulation to recruiting in the United States. Employing cutting edge entertainment technology, the Navy's Recruiting Command gave their guests a virtual flight with the Blue Angels this past weekend, 5-7 May, at the Fort Lauderdale Air and Sea Show.

Inside an 18-wheel, tractor-trailer truck, which is 65 feet in length and weighs 80,000 pounds, there is a theater with a custom-built, 20-seat motion pod, and high quality digital projection and audio systems. Outside the truck, the public is invited to "Fly with the Blue Angels" via a 14-foot high image of the Navy's precision flying team. Not only will the simulator be an attraction at events like air shows and state fairs, it offers terrific billboard value both at an event and in transit.

The simulator provides the audience the point-of-view perspective of the pilot, giving the sense of what it must be like to actually fly with the world-renowned squadron. Nearly 200 people can take this virtual adventure every hour.

"I am excited to welcome aboard the Pulseworks Blue Angels ride as part of the Navy recruiting traveling exhibits group. This high-tech experience will thrill the public, and especially our prospective shipmates, by offering them a glimpse of the winning U.S. Navy team," said Navy Rear Adm. Barbara E. McGann, commander, Navy Recruiting Command.

"'A Ride with the Blue Angels' is an amazing experience, and is sure to generate excitement and enthusiasm for the Navy. We hope to capitalize on this by ensuring people have the opportunity to see what the greatest Navy in the world has to offer -- skills training, travel, personal growth and education. We've got it all," stated Navy Cmdr. Steve Lowry, public affairs officer for Navy Recruiting Command.

Development for this project began in early 2000 with a creative team made up of people from U.S. Navy Recruiting, Pulseworks LLC, and Camber Entertainment, a simulator manufacturing company. The team created the high-impact visuals and audio for the project.

Last February, the technical staff from Camber Entertainment, and Navy Lt. Cmdrs. Mark Brooks, an F/A-18 pilot, and Gary Simowitz, a F-14 radar intercept officer, worked to perfect the motion profile to give the audience the most realistic ride possible.

Simulator images are available from Lowry at (901) 874-9048 or e-mail lowrys@cnrc.navy.mil .

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