Veteran Cherry Point pilot gets one last flight, sort of

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM.

“I was impressed. I was blown away by the actual realness of the event,” he said. “I tell you what: This would have made life a whole lot easier.”

Ricky Johnson, a former EA-6B pilot who is now a CUBIC Corporation contractor who instructs Marine pilots on the EA-6B, said the simulator can create the environment for airfields around the world.

“You name it, we can take them there,” Johnson said.

He said any type of emergency can be created in the simulator, with the pilots and ECMOs benefitting from the pressure they receive in training.

“They come out sweating like you wouldn’t believe. It’s just like the real thing,” Johnson said.

All of it impressed Metrock.

“This is like Star Trek to me,” he said. “It’s state-of-the-art.”

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