The U.S. Air Force (USAF) Academy, Colorado, has ordered four new simulators for its teaching facility from Merlin Flight Simulation Group in the U.K.

As the lead undergraduate aeronautical engineering program in the U.S., the Air Force Academy (USAFA) will be the launch customer for Merlin’s new two-seat motion engineering flight simulator, ordering two MP525 simulators and two desktop MP500-1 simulators for its flight simulation laboratory.

Personnel from USAFA had previously helped judge one of Merlin’s IT FLIES USA annual student aircraft design and handling competitions at The University of Dayton – which itself has an extensive flight simulation laboratory. It is through flying and understanding the capabilities of Merlin’s flight software and the overall performance of the simulators which has led to this very high specification USAFA order.

Lt. Col. Judson Babcock, who is leading the project for the Air Force Academy said: “Merlin’s full-motion engineering flight simulators will greatly enhance the aeronautical engineering curriculum at the Air Force Academy. For the first time ever, students will be able to design, fly, and test their own aircraft, engines and control systems in a motivating full-motion multi-ship simulation. This hands-on capstone experience will help us to educate, train and inspire the next generation of technical leaders for the United States and our allies.”