Google Earth 5 Cool Tip: Flight Simulator in Ocean or Mars

I’ve been meaning to say something about this ever since Google Earth 5 was released earlier this month. Lots of people have discovered it on their own. The new Ocean and Mars features in GE 5 are really amazing. But, some people may find it a bit hard to navigate into the 3D world under the Ocean, or to fly around the surface of Mars. You could learn some of the cool mouse and keyboard tricks for Google Earth. Or, you could just turn on the built-in flight simulator and “fly” under the ocean or on the surface of Mars:

Flight Simulator trick for ocean or Mars in GE 5

I’ve also created a short Tour you can view with Google Earth 5 to see what flying with the Flight Simulator in the Ocean is like.
All you need to do to turn on the Flight Simulator is hit the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl-A (on Windows) or Command-A (on Mac). This will immediately put you in the seat of the F-16 simulation on Google Earth for your current view. You might also want to read these Flight Simulator tips which will help you fly. Quick tips: Click left mouse button once to turn on/off the “+” mouse cursor. When it shows the white “+” you are flying with the mouse. Keep the cursor near the middle of the GE screen to stay straight and level. You need to add throttle by pressing the “Page Up” key. In the Ocean, don’t hit the ground or you will crash. You can fly in the water or in the air though. If you “Switch to Mars“, you can do the same thing over the surface of Mars.
Here are some more tips for navigating in the Ocean by Googler John Gardiner.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Pcgladiator85 says:

    I tried it and it works great!

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