Joey Wade has created some new 3D model time animations depicting flights of the Red Bull air races in London and Monument Valley. These animations pretty accurately depict the way the planes fly through the “cones” or “pylons” placed on the ground. Try the Red Bull London file first. Wait until the green animating icon turns off (which indicates it is loading the animation files). I recommend you set the speed of the animation to slowest (click on the little round clock icon to the left of the time slider and set the “Animation speed” slider). Then select the “play” button to the right of the time slider. And, after you’ve seen that, check out the Red Bull Monument Valley.
For extra credit, try turning on the Google Earth flight simulator and see if you can fly the pylons! You’ll most likely have to do some advanced configuration file editing to get your plane to behave more like the Red Bull planes.
Here’s a YouTube video showing what these Red Bull air races look like in real life (Joey includes some videos in placemarks along with the GE files above):
Other interesting animations by Mr. Wade: