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New type of F-35 pilot helmet, created in Eastern Iowa

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

One of Eastern Iowa's best known companies has created a new helmet for military fighter pilots.

The Generation III F-35 Helmet Mounting Display System or   "HMDS" is the first of it's kind in the world.

"Everything they need to fly that aircraft and be successful in their mission is projected in the visor in front of the pilots face," said Phil Jasper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Government Systems at Rockwell Collins.

The inside of the visor on the helmet displays numbers showing the speed, altitude and other information critical to fly an F-35.

That is not the only thing that makes it unique.

 "They get to see what the aircraft would see if it wasn't there and so for example as they look down, they don't see the floor of the cockpit, they see what's beneath the aircraft," said Jasper.

There was also an  F-35 simulator at Rockwell today, to demonstrate what the military pilots will train in.

The simulator gives them a real world flying experience.

Senator Joni Ernst was also here today and was able to try out the F-35 simulator.

"This is fantastic and if it's enabling our war fighters and furthering their capabilities and survivability rates then this is, this is what we need," she said.

We're told safety for our military is one of the main goals.

"When our militaries have looked at the threat advancing in the near future and beyond, they determined they needed this kind of capability to be effective," Said Steve Callaghan, Director of F-35 Washington Operations at Lockheed Martin.

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