The Lockheed T-33 cockpit is part of the Museum of Flying’s educational center for children. Underneath a 1/6 scale replica of an Eastern Airlines DC-3, which even has working propellers, the children’s area offers a variety of exhibits, displays and information for young children and their parents to learn about the history of aviation, the types and varieties of aircraft and even a chance to learn about some of the concepts and terminology that serve as the basis of the science of flight. Visitors can learn about the cockpit and how it is used in the T-33 cockpit trainer, which includes audio from live pilots flying throughout the area. The nose of a FedEx Boeing 727, which can be seen protruding from the front of the museum building, includes the actual controls that visitors can explore and learn about.
The museum expands on its offerings for young learners with its A’s Award Flight Program. At various predesignated times throughout the school year, students with an A grade in any subject on their report card can receive a free airplane ride. The museum even offers a number of workshops to give children, adults and families a chance to bond while learning about the history of flying.
One of the most famous items on display at the Museum of Flying is their widely celebrated Maxflight flight simulator. This simulator is about as close as a civilian—either children or adults—can get to actually experiencing flying a genuine plane. The Maxflight FS3000 allows up to two people to simulate the process of flying various aircraft in a controlled yet adrenaline pumping environment. The flight simulator is loaded with sophisticated software that can replicate the flying tendencies and characteristics of a variety of different shapes and styles of planes, from the dual propeller Grumman Goose, to the popular Lear 45 jet, to World War II single engine fighter planes including the P-51 and the F4U Corsair. The Maxflight FS3000 has a complete 360 degrees of motion and can make completely interactive and immersive 360-degree pitch and roll motions. Adding to the stimulating and captivating experience in the simulator is surround sounds and full HD video, including the capability of 3D. Flight simulations include intense air battles in warplanes with the Combat Simulator program and relaxing flights above and around a simulated Los Angeles with the Flight Simulator X program. Photo: Museum of Flying
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