Bored At Work? Try Flying!

So I downloaded Google Earth the other day at work, and my days have gone by faster ever since. When I first started using it, I simply typed in random places and looked around. This was pretty cool because I could look at places I had never been before. But then…

The Flight Simulator

I noticed under Tools in the menu bar, that there was a option to “Enter Flight Simulator.” Hmm, I thought, I wonder what this does?

As it turns out, it actually lets you fly a plane around anywhere you choose. You can choose between a jet or a slower airplane depending on how fast you want to go. I prefer the jet when I am flying long distances since it moves a lot faster.

Here are a few places I went and checked out this morning:

Google Earth Flight - Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
View of Sears Tower in the background

Google Earth Flight - San Francisco

San Francisco, California
Golden Gate Bridge off in the backround

Google Earth Flight - Mt. Everest

Mt. Everest
View of Mt. Everest from 29,000 Feet

Pretty Cool Huh?

I thought this would have been known by everyone already, but it turned out hardly anyone that I work with new about this feature. The best part of all, is some computers allow you to install Google Earth without administrative rights.

If you can’t install it yourself, you could always make a notion that you need it for work related things and the IT department may just give it to you. Little do they know, your basically going to use it as a video game. SShhh….

3D Buildings

The only downside, is that the 3D Buildings option never stays on when you enter the Flight Simulator mode. So the workaround to this, is to start the Flight Simulator, and then click on View and show the sidebar. From there, you can check the “3D Buildings” box under the layers Section. Once you check it, simply go back to View and turn the sidebar off.

The Controls

It is a little hard at first to learn how to use the Flight Simulator in Google Earth. The main thing you need to know is that the thrust is controlled by using the “Page Up” and Page Down” keys.

I prefer to use the “Current View” option when starting the Flight Simulator. That way, you can find the place you want to fly around, then start in the air already instead of taking off from an airport.

Have Fun! Tell Me What You Think

10 thoughts on “Bored At Work? Try Flying!

  1. Jenny-up the hill

    Very cool! I think I’ll share this with my boys…I tried a flight simulator at a museum and it pretty much fried my brain. I had no idea where I was, how to get straightened back up and how to avoid the ground! Seriously, I was all over the place…I think I may have said some ugly words too! lol!! Thanks for sharing this…I had no idea…

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  2. Alina

    OMG, this looks amazing!! I wonder if you can fly to the Baltics as well (or maybe there will be just a blank space there?..)
    I think I’m going to download Google Earth too :)

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  4. Flight Simulator Free

    Google earth flight sim is just a cool free game to kill some spare time…(at work??? may be).
    This was called an easter egg couple of years back, because the game was hidden. But now its public and is a realistic, cost effective way of experiencing flight simulation.

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