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We recreated 10 famous film flights in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Crash! Bang! Wallop! What a Video!

I think it's safe to say that Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 has been quite well received by critics and the public alike. I've certainly enjoyed the time I've spent cruising at high altitudes but, instead of using it to indulge in a spot of next-gen sightseeing like most normal people, I've been up to my usual brand of nonsense.

In the video below, you can witness my attempts at recreating 10 famous flight scenes from some of my favourite films. These include well known scenes like the Grand Canyon chase scene from Independence Day, the crop-duster attack from North by Northwest and the opening shot to Goldeneye where the plane flies over the Contra Dam in Switzerland. There's also a couple of more obscure flights in there too, like that bit in Flight of the Navigator where David and Max fly along the South Lake of Hollywood Beach, Miami, and park up outside the Cramer house after being led there by a fireworks display.

So, will I be able to land a jumbo jet on the Las Vegas strip like they do in Con Air? Can I skim a plane over the sea next to Skellig Micheal, Millennium Falcon style? Or how about buzzing the Top Gun tower at Miramar air base in San Diego? Find out in the video below, which (spoilers) also features quite a lot of crashing.

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Got any suggestions for other famous film flights for me to replicate? Let me know in the comments below!