Thank you to GEB reader Ralf Vandebergh for letting us know about a website he has created demonstrating the realism of the Google Earth flight simulator. He first explains a bit about how an aircraft landing is executed, raising the nose of the aircraft to gain lift whilst slowing down for the landing. He then compares landing the F-16 with the Google Earth flight simulator and shows that it behaves remarkably accurately when compared to some footage from a real life F-16. He also describes a number of advanced landing techniques. Check out his site for full details.
A comparison of a Google Earth screen shot and real life F-16 footage. Image credit: Ralf Vandebergh
We are impressed by the analysis as well as by how accurately Google Earth flight simulator emulates the F-16 landings. Of course we would love to see Google do some more work on the flight simulator functionality, as it has some great potential. A few more aircraft and instruments would go a long way.
If you want to learn how to use the Google Earth flight simulator, see this post, which has a number of tips as well as a short video tutorial to get you started.