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Flight of Google
A feature within the Google Earth software lets users simulate piloting a plane.
Last week, news hit the blogs that Google Earth provides a flight simulator that allows a user to “fly” over mapped terrain of real places. Here’s an excerpt from a post at Techcrunch:
Hidden inside Google Earth is a secret Flight Simulator that takes full advantage of Google’s extensive satellite imagery. To access the hidden feature, open Google Earth and hit Command+Option+A (note it must be capital A) or Ctrl+Alt+A if you’re using a Windows Machine. The Google Earth Flight Simulator comes with two aircraft options, a F16 Viper and the more manageable SR22 4 seater. Players have the option of commencing the game from their current location in Google Earth or can pick from a list of pre-determined runways.
Control instructions are here. Below are screen shots from the flight simulator.