The US Air Force's (USAF) 772nd Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base have created a mobile, reconfigurable cockpit.
The new portable manned interactive cockpit (PMIC) is being built by a team at the squadron's Integrated Facility for Avionics Systems Test.
One of the team members Orion Westfall said: "We're all software developers and we wanted a cockpit that we could use for development that wasn't being used by the combined test force.
"We wanted an F-35 (Lightning II) cockpit, something small we can do development on."
Westfall added: "We have big full dome simulators, but those rooms are used all the time and we cannot get in there and do any work while a mission is going."
In order to reduce dependence on the actual advanced simulators at the IFAST to do software development, the team decided to develop a makeshift cockpit that fits their desired needs.
The PMIC comes with a built-in seat that vibrates to simulate a real cockpit, and a built-in stick and throttle.
The stick can be swapped out depending on the type of plane, according to a statement posted on the USAF website.
The sim computers of the cockpit are installed in travel boxes for easier transport.
772nd Test Squadron team member Gary Johnson said: "One thing about the new PMIC is it can be converted into even a tank or a car if that need ever arose.
"It has the gaming seat, which has the capability of having a centre console that can support a steering wheel along with a centre stick depending on the aircraft."
Work on the new system is expected to be completed and ready to use in July this year.
Image: TThe USAF team in the portable manned interactive cockpit. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force photo / Kenji Thuloweit.