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Google Earth Flight Simulator

Hey, Frayed Wire readers! This is a post Josh made on his old site, but is now being moved here!

There’s a very interesting easter egg in Google Earth that many people don’t know about – a flight simulator. Sure, it’s not as polished as Microsoft’s Flight Simulator series, but it provides a decent flight experience nonetheless. Once you’ve entered Google Earth, by pressing Ctrl, Alt, and A, you will open the flight simulator menu. You can choose to start at an airport somewhere, or at your current view. I usually get to a view of some famous landmark, such as the Grand Canyon, or Empire State Building and then select “Start in Current View”. Once you’re in the cockpit, you’ll see a mess of green lines, meters, and gauges, but most people (including myself) will ignore those and just pay attention to the view in front of them. To steer your airplane, you can use the mouse or arrow keys, the latter being much easier if you ask me. Page Up speeds up, and Page Down slows down. There are a mess of other commands, but those are really the only ones you need to know. However, those who are interested should check out this page for the complete controls.


By Josh60502

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