Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier opens state-of-the-art High-G training and Test Facility at RAF Cranwell

The £44m project is used by fast jet pilots in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force to replicate flight in aircraft such as the Hawk, Typhoon and new F-35 Lightning aircraft. Pilots are able to experience up to 9G - nine times the normal gravitational pull of the Earth - and learn how to use their specialist in-cockpit flying equipment to help them cope with these stresses. The centrifuge can accelerate up to 9G in one second and rotate up to 34 times a minute.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier in front of the new state-of-the-art High-G training and test facility at RAF Cranwell
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, opening the state-of-the-art High-G training and test facility at RAF Cranwell

The new facility revolutionises High-G training as pilots are not simply strapped into the device and exposed to G-force but are able to ‘fly’ as they would in a flight simulator as the pilot manoeuvres the aircraft and applies the G-force.

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