Because the United States Air Force Academy knows their recruits have a strong interest in video games and computers, they have an understanding that using a game-like format which can entertain and engage the user in a learning experience will provide a greater outcome. New cadets to the United States Air Force Academy are exposed to the airplanes and the sky early on in their college career. The Academy was looking for innovative ways introduce users to how an airplane is controlled and how an airplane will react within an environment.
A 3D flight simulation was developed for USAFA using an F-22 fighter jet and it allows the user to fly through a landscape modeled to look like the landscape they would find at the United States Air Force Academy. Rings are placed throughout the air and users must practice maneuverability in order to fly through each ring. A point/reward system is tied to the development and each ring is worth a certain number of points. Points are then used to buy accessories to customize the user’s avatar. The development was created using a gaming engine and is delivered through a web browser.
The 3D flight simulation has proven to be both challenging and engaging. Users find it fun and exciting to continue practicing to increase their maneuverability skills in an attempt to fly through every ring and earn as many points as possible.