Hidden Google Earth flight simulator?

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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. BdeRWest says:

    Didn’t work fo’ me :'(

  2. BdeRWest says:

    Actually, I’m running GE 4.0.whatever, so it might be only 4.2 or whatnot… installing update now..

  3. eccramer says:

    “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.

  4. makermatt says:

    didnt work for me either

  5. philliptorrone says:

    make sure you have the latest version and you hit the keys, a lot — it took me a few gos.

  6. Windell_Oskay says:

    Worked after 4.0 -> 4.2 update (Mac). Nice easter egg!

  7. HobHayward says:

    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

  8. pdj says:

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

  9. paulbeard@gmail.com says:

    yeah, it’s also a tad limited on tiny laptop keyboards. Glad these planes don’t cost anything ;-)

  10. GarrettM says:

    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.

  11. gudhart says:

    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 ;-)

  12. gudhart says:

    “Adapt OR be eaten”, is what I meant to type, sorry

  13. fatnickc says:

    I’m on 4.2.0181.2634 with XP SP2 and can’t seem to get this to work…

  14. fatnickc says:

    Well, I got it to work using Ctrl + Windows + A.

  15. unununium says:

    wow, needs work, but nice little hidden feature

  16. N0QBH says:

    Great feature that I probably wouldn’t have found w/o MAKE. Thanks! I’ve only ruined one F-16 in two flights.

  17. djshfjksdhfgjksdbn says:

    doesn’t work on Mac running 4.2.0180.1134 (beta) [sky]
    tried every possible combination.

  18. djshfjksdhfgjksdbn says:

    okay – it works, just make sure the ‘map’ screen is hot

  19. ByMsT says:


  20. Internet Marketing Guru says:

    Wow! I didn’t know that! Awesome!

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