Flying the Hudson River Flight Through Google Earth

    January 22, 2009
    Chris Crum

The successful emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River captured the imaginations of many people. Twitterers couldn’t stop talking about it. The pilot became a hero and gained tons of LinkedIn popularity.

And people have made flight simulators recreating the journey into the Hudson. One such simulator was created by Frank Taylor using Google Earth. He shares this in a video clip:

"I took the data from FlightAware and created a flight path between each of the placemarks," explains Taylor. "It took a few practice runs to coerce the very maneuverable F-16 to behave like a big jet airliner. In particular, I had to still use a bit of thrust to keep the F-16 from falling out of the sky – even an airliner glides better without engines."

At Taylor’s Google Earth Blog, he also shares 11 tips for flying the F-16 using his simulator. This just illustrates yet another way programs like Google Earth can help us learn about not only history, but current events as well.