Google Earth now has flight simulator

Google Earth now has flight simulator

The new version of Google Earth comes with a fun flight simulator easter egg included.

Google is like the Tesco of the internet; slowly expanding into every market and edging closer to total world domination with every second. Short of all the geeks in the world collectively deciding to go outside and do something constructive (never happen), there is no real way that the God of Search Engines can be stopped - it's reached critical mass now.

Ok, maybe I exaggerate, but it still stands that Google has just expanded once more, devouring yet more of our free time.

In a new update to Google Earth, a free 3D map of the entire planet, several new features have been added. While the Google Sky add-on is nice enough, it's the Google Flight Simulator which is the most interesting addition.

Marco Gallotta first uncovered the hidden feature, which is activated thusly according to Marco himself;

"Once you've started it all up, explored Google Sky a bit, then all you have to do is hit Ctrl+Alt+A (if you're running OS X it's Command+Option+A; some people have reported that Ctrl+A or Ctrl+Windows+A work when the standard Ctrl+Alt+A does not)."

A dialog box will then pop which offers the choice between two planes; an F16 Fighter or a SR22 four-seater. The hidden simulator even comes with full joystick support and a save option which remembers your last position. Eager pilots can choose any runway in any airport to take off from and start smashing their planes into the ground needlessly. That's all flight simulators are good for, right?

So, there you go - Google Earth finally has a use, but what's your favourite game secret ever? Are you a fan of The Dopefish or is The Cafe of Broken Dreams in Fallout 2 more to your tastes? Let us know in the forums.


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cjoyce1980 3rd September 2007, 10:16 Quote
I'm waiting for google earth hot college chicks shower cam! I cant wait!!!! LOL!
quack 3rd September 2007, 10:37 Quote
Dopefish ftw.
Spacecowboy92 3rd September 2007, 10:45 Quote
I saw this last night on reddit. It's quite good.
pranks7er 3rd September 2007, 11:28 Quote
cant seem get it to work
g3n3tiX 3rd September 2007, 11:40 Quote
the A must be in caps. And make sure you've got the latest version of Google earth.
It's nice, but the controls (mouse/keyboard) are just awful. And the scenery load too slowly compared to the speed of the planes.
Controls :
Bauul 3rd September 2007, 12:29 Quote
Serious Sam for the easter egg win! From the truley bizzare (the supporters of the game as little gnome people) to blatent digs (coming across a decomposed, strung up Duke Nukem: "Man, he's been there... forever!"). Though the Dopefish was pretty cool.
CardJoe 3rd September 2007, 13:07 Quote
Personally, I like the hidden room in the hidden room in Duke Nukem 3D. 3rd episode somewhere, you can find a hidden replica of the bridge from The Next Generation version of the Enterprise. Go into the ready room though, find an extra hidden secret room - which Duke titles 'The Really Ready Room'.
DXR_13KE 3rd September 2007, 13:44 Quote
interesting feature..... and i love easter eggs :D
TTmodder 3rd September 2007, 21:02 Quote
Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
I'm waiting for google earth hot college chicks shower cam! I cant wait!!!! LOL!

i lol´d
ChartGEEK 4th September 2007, 12:56 Quote
Just found out that you can fly over ACTUAL Aviation Sectional charts in the Google Flight Sim! Very Cool! Look at the pictures and videos at
The_Beast 4th September 2007, 18:03 Quote
Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
I'm waiting for google earth hot college chicks shower cam! I cant wait!!!! LOL!

cheesecake :)
DeXtmL 7th September 2007, 14:16 Quote
I think, google may just follow nasa's worldwind which has introduced flight sim serveral months ago.
Though nasa annouced that the worldwind is NOT a competitor to GoogleEarth, it seems that google takes that seriously.
chrisb2e9 10th September 2007, 19:34 Quote
I dont see why google doesn't just merge its maps with flightsim. It already has the elevation data to boot.
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