McCrory flies F-35 simulator, vows to keep fighting for military


In this image provided by a staffer, Gov. Pat McCrory is shown inside the F-35 simulator at Lockheed Martin Thursday in Arlington, Va. McCrory told the Havelock News that he thought Cherry Point's future was bright.

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Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 04:53 PM.

Gov. Pat McCrory vowed to continue the fight for North Carolina’s military bases, but after flying in a Lockheed Martin F-35 simulator on Thursday, he said that fight would not be from the air.

“I’m going to fight for Cherry Point and all our other bases,” McCrory said. “It might not be fighting from inside the cockpit of a plane, but I’ll be fighting.”

McCrory toured the Lockheed Martin Fighter Demonstration Center Thursday in Arlington, Va., where he got the chance to fly the simulator.

“Had I not crashed, I might have lost my lunch,” McCrory said during a one-on-one phone interview with the Havelock News. “It was a very realistic simulator where literally you could flip the plane and turn the plane around and it literally simulated the motion of the plane, and I feel it in the car afterwards. I’m recovering.”

McCrory said the simulator felt like the real jet.

“It was dynamic. It got my blood flowing,” he said. “I shot down two planes and I didn’t wreck until I intentionally went into the river.”

The simulator experience gave him added respect for America’s fighter pilots.

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