LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Members of the community can now take a turn at seeing what it’s like to fly an F-16 jet fighter.
The La Crosse Composite Squadron of the Wisconsin Wing of the Civil Air Patrol recently unveiled an upgraded F-16 simulator that can visit schools, events, and other gatherings in the community.
Users can climb into the cockpit created from an actual F-16 Fighting Falcon. Video screens provide a 180-degree visual experience.
Two upcoming events will allow the public to take a turn at the controls. The first is on Thursday, August 22 at the Boys and Girls Club School Kick-off Event at the Mathy Center. The other is at the Airport Runway 5K and Airport Open House at the La Crosse Regional Airport on Saturday, August 24.
The CAP is asking for freewill donations to help cover costs associated with the simulator.
The refurbishment of the simulator took about six months to complete. One of the funders for the upgrades was Colgan Air Services, also located at the airport. “It is an excellent tool to introduce youth and children to the thrill of flying. The pilot shortage is a critical issue facing the aviation industry and the F-16 simulator allows the CAP to expose even more young people to the various opportunities available in the field,” explained Kelly Colgan-Hammer, President of Colgan Air Services, on why her company supported the project.
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