A new Air Force driving simulator is making a 'mind blowing' difference for airmen training on specialized vehicles

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Airmen at Hill Air Force Base can now practice driving anything from fire trucks to Humvees on a simulator before ever touching the actual vehicle.

The chance to use a simulator gets airmen used to handling the vehicle, giving them a leg up on their training.

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Hill civilian and military airmen who need ground transportation training now have an option other than real-world driving thanks to a new simulator purchased by the 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron. "It's a great training tool," said Master Sgt. Stephen Baskiewicz, ground transportation section chief. "It provides the most realistic experience I've seen in helping drivers learn how to operate specialized vehicles before operating the real deal." The state-of-the-art simulator offers training on nearly 30 different vehicles, anything from fire trucks, police cars, buses, tractor trailers and military vehicles such as Humvees and MRAPs. The simulator offers about 150 preset scenarios and can generate nearly any driving condition imaginable, as trainers control variables such as weather, road conditions, visibility and malfunctions.
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