Wings Over Columbus 2010
May 15-16 2010
Featuring the USAF Thunderbirds and US Army Golden Knights

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Virtual Army Experience


General Facts

• Like the America’s Army game, the VAE is designed to provide visitors with a high-fidelity, information-rich experience in which participants can take part in a virtual test drive of Soldiering in the U.S. Army.

• The VAE is featured at large events across the country, including festivals, state fairs and air shows.

America’s Army Real Heroes (Soldiers who have distinguished themselves in combat and earned citations for bravery and valor) will appear with the VAE at select locations.

• Scenarios presented within the VAE Mission Simulator are based on the America’s Army PC game, which is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. As with the PC game, VAE participants operate under rules of engagement and laws of land warfare in order to achieve mission success.

• The VAE features Army combat systems adapted for use within the VAE. These systems employ laser engagement and pneumatic recoil to replicate the feel and function of Army equipment.

• The VAE supports up to 75 participants per hour (including the convoy simulation and game stations).

• The total VAE immersive experience takes approximately 30 minutes.

• At select events, Army Drill Sergeants welcome visitors to the VAE, engage them in physical strength challenges, and hold informative QA sessions regarding Army lifestyles and careers.

• When the VAE hosts the U.S. Army Golden Knights, visitors can watch their aerial demonstrations, then help them pack their parachutes.

• Numerous media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CNN and AdWeek, have covered the Virtual Army Experience in feature stories.

Fun Facts

• Houses more than 35 flat screens and more than 2.5 miles of data cable.

• Requires more than 35 computers to run the experience.

• Has the equivalent computing power of an Army Stryker Battalion.

• Is covered by an inflatable dome weighing over 2,700 pounds.


• Gold Effie for Government, Institution & Recruitment (2009)

• Silver Effie for Brand Experience (2009)

• Guinness World Record for Largest Traveling Game Simulator

• Jay Chiat Award for Brand Experience & Innovative Design (2009)

• Corporate EVENT Judge’s Choice Award for Best Road Show/Multi-Venue Event (2009)

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