When I was a kid a friend of mine had Microsoft’s flight simulator on his computer (he was also the only friend I had that had a computer at home) and he played on it for hours. All I remember about it is that it had a lot of disks. Fast forward twenty or so years and now Microsoft Flight doesn’t require any disks and, as I learned today from Jen Deyenberg, it can be downloaded for free. Check out the promo video below.
Applications for Education
I downloaded Microsoft Flight but haven’t played with it for more than ten minutes yet, but my initial thought is that it might be a fun way for some students to experiment with some basic aerospace physics. On a related note, Google Earth has a flight simulator which you can activate by going to the tools menu and selecting “activate flight simulator” or by press “ctrl+alt+a.