Realistic flight simulators with accurate dimensions are now been built all over the world, including military aircraft types like this F-35. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engined, all-weather stealth multirole fighters. The fifth-generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions. Mr Mockford, who built the simulator, is the owner of Sim2do in the UK. He has also built a Boeing 737 and a Lynx Helicopter simulator.
The Sunday Express reports: “A grandfather has spent more than £30,000 building a home-made F-35B lightning fighter jet simulator – in his garden shed. Kenneth Mockford, 54, shut himself away “from dawn until dusk” to construct the replica aircraft from hundreds of tiny pieces. He put it together by googling photos of the military fighter jet, which are currently being used for training by Royal Air Force and Royal Navy pilots.
Mr Mockford, who stems from a line of RAF veterans built the fascinating machine, said: “I spent many late nights constructing the F-35 in my garden shed then loaded it on a truck and moved it to a warehouse for flying.
“I started the plane with just a fuselage which I acquired.
“All of the other components like the seats, the main instrument panel, all the switches and buttons that are in there I have made because they are not available to buy. I am a nutty engineer, basically. Dimensions were a major issue for me when building because nobody is going to let me climb on their F-35.
“So what I do is I research the internet for photographs and there are thousands of pilots sitting in cockpits.
“From what I do from that is I scale the mains instrument panel of the size of the hands of the pilots that are flying in them or sitting in them.
“I know how big my hand is and I know how big their hand is therefore, so I know how big the scales are.”
Kenneth Mockford, 54 with his F35 flight simulator (Image: James Linsell-Clark / SWNS).
Article originally appeared on the Sunday Express.