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Hidden Google Earth flight simulator?

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Huh, a couple makers sent sent in this link that turns Google Earth in to a flight simulator, I just tried it and it works! I’m going to see what no-fly zones it will let me buzz over… –

To enter the flight simulator mode, press Ctrl + Alt + A (Command/Open Apple Key + Option + A on the Mac). Once you have entered flight simulator mode for the first time, you can re-enter the mode by choosing Tools > Enter Flight Simulator. To leave flight simulator mode, click Exit Flight Simulator in the top right corner or press Ctrl + Alt + A (Command/Open Apple Key+ Option + A on the Mac).

The following keystrokes control navigation and other aspects of the flight simulator. You can also control the aircraft with a mouse or joystick. To disable or enable mouse controls, left click (single click on a Mac). Once mouse controls are active, the pointer shape changes to a cross on your screen.

Flight Simulator Keyboard Controls – Google Earth User Guide – Link.

40 thoughts on “Hidden Google Earth flight simulator?

  1. “I’m going to see what no-fly zones it will let me buzz over…” Wow Phil, always the subversive… that’s good stuff right there.

    Next step is to be able to control a homebrew UAV with this software, so that you can fly over Area 51.

  2. It worked exactly as described after an update, running win xp pro that is.

    Definitely a cool little add on, all they need now is to add guns, and multiplayer :P

  3. Works just fine with the latest version. Well, it would work, if I didn’t consistently crash immediately after takeoff.

  4. It’s very nice, but not technically hidden…you can go to the Tools menu and see the option right there. :) I can report that it works great with a Saitek X45 joystick with rudder and throttle control, and full hat switch view control. Also, G for landing gear, F for flaps. Haven’t tried to find other commands. Fun flying a jet through the Grand Canyon.

  5. Egads, I have GOT to upgrade to a faster-then-dialup connection. There is about 40+ M of “stuff” I have to download to get there (I am guessing the slow connection just will not handle the streaming of the Flight Simulator either)
    Adapt of be eaten, I guess ;-)

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