• Lockheed F-35 Simulator

    Lockheed F-35 Simulator

    Simulator built by YouFly

    By Raymond Andersen


    My name is Raymond Andersen and some of you might know me better as Rays Aviation. I have had the pleasure of visiting the Danish company YouFly and taking a flight in their brand new Lockheed F-35B Lightning II prototype simulator. This article covers the experience that I had flying this simulator together with a description of the setup and also a flight in one of their known and famous Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon simulators.

    When I first saw that YouFly was building an F-35 simulator, I was of course very curious. This is a brand new aircraft and reading the short history of the real F-35, I did get a bit afraid if the aircraft would actually ever become accepted as a success due to all the technological challenges and issues.

    The Danish Air Force (RDAF) are to replace their aging Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons and there have been several companies who has been interested in building the successor for the F-16, this such as Boeing with their F/A-18E and F version of the Super Hornet, SAAB with the JAS-39 Gripen, Eurofighter Gmbh with their EF-2000 Eurofighter Typhoon and of course the Lockheed F-35A Lightning II - the winner was the F-35A Lightning II that should be the next generation fighter/bomber aircraft for the RDAF.

    Since the RDAF is purchasing this aircraft, the idea of flying the F-35 in a simulator just got a whole lot more interesting and certainly very exciting, so when I discovered that YouFly had completed the first prototype I immediately contacted YouFly.

    www.YouFly.nu / www.F35simulator.com / www.F16simulator.com

    Background Information and History of YouFly

    It all started back in 1996 where YouFly built their first simulator, which was a Lockheed Martin F-16 simulator using the Falcon4 software. This however was only for entertainment purpose since the technology at that time was not suitable for a full scale simulator production.

    Then in 2004 the company delivered their first F-16 simulator for an entertainment center in Denmark and from here it really started to become a business. In 2008 YouFly secured the rights for using a new professional high fidelity software platform which made the company and the simulators even more interesting and certainly much more unique also featuring a new visual system and upgraded capability.

    Already the year after (in 2009) the first delivery of three network F-16 simulators was commenced which lead to the installation of two complete simulators for the Happy-Landings in Frankfurt in 2011. These simulators were now using Lockheed Martin's Prepar3D software platform together with a full 180 degree curved screen.

    In 2015 YouFly had delivered more than 20 simulators all over the world and the Lockheed F-35 Lightning II was now already on the table as well as the notorious A10 Warthog.

    1. aarmin's Avatar
      aarmin -
      Interesting and an enviable experience to read.
    1. rcbarend's Avatar
      rcbarend -
      Very interresting article to read, thanks.
      I remember a simular setup being demonstrated on the Dutch Flightsim days in Lelystad Airport two/three years ago, but I'm not sure if this was by YouFly.
    1. cattaneo's Avatar
      cattaneo -
      ...just for the record, the payware F-35 package contains all the variants of the F-35 (A, B and C) - so that the choice of using the -B is arbitrary. Anyway, cool stuff!
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