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How To Find the Hidden Flight Simulator in Google Earth

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Google's flight simulator
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Google Earth 4.2 comes with a nifty Easter egg - a hidden flight simulator! You can fly your virtual airplane from several airports or start mid-air from any location in Google Earth.

Once you open Flight Simulator the first time, it will always be available as an option for you to explore later.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 30 seconds

Here's How:

  1. Make sure you have Google Earth 4.2. If you have an older version, you'll need an updated copy from earth.google.com.
  2. Launch Google Earth, and go to the Fly to box in the upper left hand corner.
  3. Type in "Lilienthal." This should open Flight Simulator. If you're directed to Lilienthal, Germany, that means you've already launched Flight Simulator. You can launch it from Tools: Enter Flight Simulator.
  4. Choose a plane. Your choice is an F16 or an SR22. Both of them are fairly simple to fly once you get used to the controls.
  5. Choose an airport location from the drop-down menu. You can also use your current location, which is a really fun way to zoom around your neighborhood.
  6. Once you've chosen your settings, press Start Flight.

Tips:

  1. You can also open Flight Simulator by pressing Ctrl + Alt + A on Windows or Command/Open Apple Key + Option + A on a Mac.
  2. If you crash your plane, Google will alert you and ask if you want to exit Flight Simulator mode or resume your flight.
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