TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Some people enjoy pretending to be a pilot, and that is why Joe Corrigan, founder and director of Jet Sim, designed a Boeing 747 simulator from an All Nippon Airlines aircraft that was donated to him by Universal Asset Management, which is based at the Tupelo Regional Airport.
"We want to make the real parts work in the way that it did as a fully flying aircraft, so when you touch those throttles, they feel exactly like they did when you had 240,000 pounds of thrust behind your left hand," said Corrigan.
This simulator is not the only one Jet Sim plans to use. More are being redesigned and outfitted.
"What we're doing is we're planning to have several simulators in several locations throughout the United States," said Corrigan.
Since delivery, it has taken about six months to transform the flight deck into what it is now, and plans call for it be transported to the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Francisco.
"What we like to do is install it as a permanent exhibit in San Francisco, so generations of the future can have one of the most experiences that I remember as a child, which is the opportunity to sit in the flight deck of a Boeing airplane," said Corrigan.
Besides giving people a chance to see what it's like behind the controls of a Boeing 747, the simulator is used as a way to encourage more young people to venture into aviation.
"We're seeing less young people inspired to fly, and as a private pilot myself and a holder of a pilot's license and an aircraft owner, that makes me want to foster the next generation of people who want to fly," said Corrigan.