Google’s new release of Google Earth, its popular free mapping software, stunned the world with its addition of mapping the universe. It has also secretly included a flight simulator!
Here is a short tutorial of flying with the new Google Earth 4.2 Flight Simulator: Download the most recent version of Google Earth, start it up and press CTRL+ALT+A (Mac: Command+Option+A). The flight simulator should load right away with an option dialog for plane and airport. You can pilot two airplanes: the F16 or the SR22. Familiarize yourself with the flight controls. Instead of using the arrow keys, you may prefer to steer the aircraft with the mouse (click the screen with your mouse to activate). UPDATE: If CTRL+ALT+A does not open flight simulator mode, download FlightSim.reg, double click it and restart Google Earth. Then go Tools -- Enter Flight Simulator.