Vote 2020 graphic
Everything you need to know about and expect during
the most important election of our lifetimes

You Can Fly Into The Windows XP Wallpaper In Flight Simulator

Illustration for article titled You Can Fly Into The Windows XP Wallpaper In iFlight Simulator/i
Screenshot: Kotaku

I’ve seen folks flying to all kinds of places in Flight Simulator, from Point Nemo to Jeffrey Epstein’s island, but I’m yet to see a journey as niche and impressive as the one that lets you recreate the experience of booting up Windows XP for the first time.

Advertisement

rockin_gamer managed to find the exact coordinates and camera angle to take the screenshot, which given the limitations of the game—it’s using satellite data and can’t match the clouds—looks pretty good!

Here’s the original:

Illustration for article titled You Can Fly Into The Windows XP Wallpaper In iFlight Simulator/i
Image: Microsoft
Advertisement

And here’s the Flight Simulator version. If you’re wondering about the colour/lines all over it, it’s because the hill is now a vineyard:

Illustration for article titled You Can Fly Into The Windows XP Wallpaper In iFlight Simulator/i
Screenshot: rockin_gamer

Taken in 1996 in Sonoma County, California, Charles O’Rear’s photo is one of the most famous of all time. Exactly how much he’s earned from its being seen billions of times is a mystery, since he signed a confidentiality agreement with Microsoft regarding his compensation.

If you want to visit it yourself in the game, the coordinates are 38°15′00.5″N 122°24′38.9″W

Advertisement

MORE FLIGHT SIMULATOR:

Advertisement

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

girlusocrzy
girlusocrzy

If you crash in those exact coordinates the screen turns blue