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Google Flight Simulator

Posted September 4, 2007

Have you heard about the Easter egg hidden in the newest version of Google Earth?   Download the software, then hit CTRL+ALT+A on your PC or CMD+Option+A on your Mac.  That starts a flight simulator!

Select a plane, select an airport and have at it.  You can use a joystick or these keyboard commands.

Enjoy!

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  • Brian Shrader Sep 5, 2007

    I'm here to help! ;)

  • ezrilouwho Sep 5, 2007

    My 13yo rocket scientist wannabe says "Thank you for a new toy to manipulate!"

    I say thank you because I did not have to pay for it!

    ~e

  • Brian Shrader Sep 5, 2007

    Very cool! I've seen that you can download KML overlays of flight paths. Being the type that always checks flightaware.com when I return from a trip to see what path we took, I'm going to have to try that in Google Earth.

  • Chuck U Farley Sep 5, 2007

    I have been known to record GPS tracks in my airplane and play them back in Google Earth. Playing back taxiing is especially funny looking, as it returns all of the airplane's twists and turns. It's also cool to play back a recording of an instrument flight and see what you would have seen had it not been cloudy :-)

  • Brian Shrader Sep 5, 2007

    I'm a MSFS 2004 geek. My computer isn't fancy enough for FSX. And, yeah, it's leagues better than Google Flight Simulator.

    But for a good way to kill the afternoon....

  • New York Yankee Sep 4, 2007

    Man...dont go dissing Brian. He's my friend.

    I personally like MSFSX Deluxe Edition myself.

    Keep up the GOOD WORK Shrader. :-)

  • Brian Shrader Sep 4, 2007

    :/

  • blindasabat Sep 4, 2007

    Give it up Brian....Sad

  • Chuck U Farley Sep 4, 2007

    Copycats! Excel had that years ago :-)

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