NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. â€” Nellis Air Force Base, the Air Force Recruiting Service and Randolph Air Force Base, coordinated to help produce the newest Air Force recruiting tool â€”Â â€œRapid Strikeâ€.
â€œRapid Strikeâ€ will be a motion simulator ride experience offering people a first-person glimpse of Air Force missions.
Lee Pilz, Account Director for Gurasich Spence Darilek and McClure, the advertising agency primarily responsible for the production, said the truck-portable simulator is set to go on tour in September, visiting large public events.
The simulator will combine film footage, computer generated imagery, and engineering to create a four-dimensional experience designed to put the viewer into the action. A pod mounted on hydraulics allows up to 14 people to ride at once.
â€œHave you ever been to an amusement park and seen the 4D type rides?â€ asked Tom Gilmore, Creative Director, at GSD&M advertising agency. â€œItâ€™s going to be exactly like that.â€
The tour begins with a mission briefing, then quickly moves to the cockpit of an F-22 that takes off for a two-ship formation flight through a group of canyons. From there riders will transition into a C-17, where loadmasters are assisting three Combat Control Team members as they perform an airborne drop. Once on the ground, the viewer follows the perspective of the CCT as they move to their target on dirt bikes.
The tour was designed to have many different elements to not only show what itâ€™s like to be on an Air Force mission, but to give an idea of the wide variety of jobs the Air Force does.
â€œThe media for recruiting used to be just television â€“ like commercials, which we still do â€” but now itâ€™s shifted to different experiential pieces where people can actually feel and touch the Air Force,â€ Gilmore said.
GSD&Mâ€™s Nellis six-day-long shoot involved a 50-person production crew, including a visual effects team from Digital Domain, a top Hollywood company whose reel credits include Thor, Transformers, G.I. Joe, and many other major titles.
Actual military personnel, units and equipment were featured to create the highest level of accuracy. Although the simulator must deliver an exciting and broadly-scoped experience during its four-minute run time, the crew made many adjustments based on feedback from the Airmen they worked with.
â€œItâ€™s been great working with the CCTs because â€” theyâ€™re coming from McChord Air Force base â€” theyâ€™ve been able to be subject matter experts,â€ Pilz said. â€œItâ€™s funny because we were doing the scripts that we had written and submitted to different people and changed along the way, but when they got a hold of it they really told us how to write it exactly right.â€
The tour will be completed around September, and members of the team working on it say they canâ€™t wait to see it running.
â€œThere is a real mission going on here and we realize that, but cooperation has just been great,â€ Pilz said. â€œWe hope to bring the truck tour back to Nellis once itâ€™s operational, because the people here have been so helpful and we want them to see and experience it, to see what they can create.â€
â€œMake sure you have time this year to come see the â€˜Rapid Strikeâ€™ tour,â€ Gilmore said.