The Corpus Christi Naval Air Station is one of two bases where the Navy teaches pilots how to fly. CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman tries his hand at flying a T-6B. In a simulator.
Flying in the T-6 simulator
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- If you're in the Navy and you want to fly planes, there's a pretty good chance you'll spend some time here.
One of two bases where the Navy trains pilots, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is home to two squadrons of would-be aviators. Today, they are flying both the venerable T-34 and the newer T-6B, but before long the T-34 will be phased out.
The "cockpit" of the T-6B simulator is just like its real-world counterpart, so pilots learn how to use all the instruments, switches, and other elements of the plane in the simulator as part of their training on the aircraft.
Each of these giant black pods houses a T-6B simulator, and the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi has six of them, all grouped together inside a large training hangar near other T-6B and T-34 simulators.
Simulator instructors can control many factors about the conditions pilot trainees will be "flying" in, including choosing a wide variety of weather conditions. This is the screen that allows instructors to pick the conditions they want.