Take to the skies with Google Earth

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If the garden, pub, football or country walks hold no attraction for you this Easter weekend, Google Earth’s flight simulator mode offers the chance to explore far-flung horizons from the comfort of your home PC.

Previously at this time of year IT Zone has celebrated the software industry’s tradition of “Easter Eggs” –  credit screens and extraneous goodies tucked away in obscure corners of programs to amuse the programmers and intrepid/nerdy users. The most famous of these is the version of Microsoft Flight Simulator that was accessible via cells X97:L97 of Excel 97.

Sadly, like Bill Gates himself, this proud tradition appears to have taken leave of the Microsoft campus in Redmond WA and we were unable to uncover much of interest in the latest versions of...

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Good tip.

There are now several digital F16's whose pixels are scattered all over Snowdon. 

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If at first you don't succeed...

This one is definitely not a good one for those with deadlines on their hands. I also recommend starting with the propeller plane - not quite so unforgiving. After one mishap I did manage to put my plane down on them Gatwick runway, but at a somewhat creative angle.

Pressing the wrong keys to reduce the thrust, I ended up ploughing into the Travelodge rather than taxing to the terminal building. All this was in the intersts of research, of course!

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