Air Force simulator attracting recruits

Rapid Strike takes visitors on an Air Force mission


SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Air Force is using a new state-of-the-art tool to help them attract potential recruits. The Rapid Strike simulator was at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph on Tuesday giving visitors a chance to experience a real-life Air Force mission from the parking lot.

Rapid Strike is a full-motion simulator ride that allows visitors to experience an F-22 flight, a cargo drop and a missile strike, among others.

"It's a pretty awesome ride," said Captain Jacob Chisolm, with the Air Force. "It's a fully immersive experience from the first person experience. It starts with an F-22 ride and from there, it just goes on to different aspects of what the Air Force does."

For those who had the chance to hop aboard, the experience opened their eyes to different roles within the military.

"As far as it being a recruiting tool? It really does get the point through, that there's a lot of different things you can do in the Air Force," said Mitchell Wadell, who said he's also thinking about a career in the Navy.

The Rapid Strike Simulator will be at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center for the Alamo Regional Robotics Competition from Wednesday through Saturday.

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