Tweaking the Google Earth Flight Simulator

It’s been more than four years since Google first added the flight simulator to Google Earth, and it remains one of the most popular features in Google Earth. As the quality of Google Earth’s imagery, terrain and 3D buildings have improved over the years, it’s helped make the flight simulator experience even better.

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However, that wasn’t enough for user ‘that1anonymousdude’. He’s created a file that will modify your flight sim and let you turn the speed up really high. Using his mod, you can fly up to around 100,000 knots, while keeping solid control, and even fly up into space. It’s quite cool. Here’s a video of it in action:

His program modifies the flight sim config files to allow you to reach these crazy speeds (it doesn’t actually modify the actual Google Earth software). He’s released the source code so you can see how it works, and I’ve scanned it to verify there are no viruses or anything in it. However, always use caution when loading a third-party executable file on your computer.
To learn more about it and to try it for yourself, visit this thread in the Google Earth Hacks forums.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. I’m not sure what exactly im doing wrong…how do i actually save the settings? I open the app and adjust the presets, but i have no idea how to save them and them get the hyper plane to open in google earth. How do i do it?

  2. I’m not sure what exactly im doing wrong…how do i actually save the settings? I open the app and adjust the presets, but i have no idea how to save them and them get the hyper plane to open in google earth. How do i do it?

  3. To the guy having the problem, you are probably using a different version (older) than the one I designed the app for, I can make it work on your version if you were to send me a copy of the directory “C:\Program files\google\google earth\res\flightsim”, if I remember correctly that should be the directory, the best reason I can think of that this isn’t working for you is because of the way I had the app locate and modify the flight simulator configuration files by executing a string match search (Locating the characters in question), maybe you should make sure you have an up to date Google earth version.

  4. just wondering if by chance you have ever stumbled across a “sail to” rather than a “fly to” application for google earth tours. thanks for all of your terrific insight!

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