SCHOOL DAYS -- In this artist's rendering, things are busy on a humid morning at Tyndall AFB, Fla., as an Air Force pilot, flying his Lockheed Martin-Boeing F-22 air dominance fighter, takes off in full afterburner on a training sortie. Meanwhile, two other F-22 pilots are landing on Tyndall's parallel runway (left), and in the foreground, a four-ship formation flight is taxiing toward the ramp at the end of its mission.
The Air Force announced in 1996 that the 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall will be the "schoolhouse", or training wing, for F-22 pilots once the aircraft enters the Air Force inventory shortly after the turn of the century. The 325th FW is assigned to 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training Command (AETC).
This scene, rendered entirely on computer, was created by taking CATIA (Computer-Aided, Three-dimensional Interactive Application, the primary engineering design tool used on the F-22 program) model data for the airframe and then using Alias/Wavefront® software to build the F-22's skin and the surrounding environment. Matador® software was used to "paint" the camouflage and add details to the aircraft.
Steve Moore of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems WARLAB (Warfare Analysis and Research Laboratory) is the artist.