Twitch Users Live Stream Real-Time 16-Hour Flight From LA To Dubai
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One of the biggest benefits of Microsoft's Flight Simulator is that it recreates the planet to scale, allowing users to take a virtual flight to anywhere in the world.
A pair of Twitch streamers decided to put the realism to the test by using the software to take the 16-hour flight from LA to Dubai.
Let it be known that Bruce Greene and 2SoonBoon, who live-streamed their virtual flight with the assistance of producer Jeremy Haché, are definitely not pilots.
That said, they sure did put in the effort to make the experience as realistic as possible, even creating a fake cockpit and pilot uniforms.
If you have a spare 16 hours this weekend, you can watch the full video on Twitch now, where you'll see Haché introduced as their air traffic controller on what they confirm to be a (virtual) Boeing 747.
Of course, not every aspect of their flight was true to life - particularly the part where they neck shots throughout the stream.
Greene says during the flight: "We definitely will be drinking. We're very tired," before joking: "So actually, we're just like real pilots."
Maybe the booze got to their heads, because the flight had a fair few complications along the way, including a fuel shortage that led to a crash seven hours into the stream.
Alongside guest Alanah Pearce, the team managed to relaunch the simulator and continue, only to then suffer another crash (something to do with the wings).
They eventually arrived in Dubai and pulled off a safe landing... before crashing straight into a hangar. Still, A+ for effort.
Greene announced their experience on Twitter, writing: "Today, we embark on one of the world's longest flights in Microsoft Flight Simulator, but we are doing it from a real airplane cockpit.
"Los Angeles to Dubai. 16 hours. Lots of mini alcohol bottles."
He added: "Piloting is easy, right?"
The post, which was uploaded on 18 August, has received plenty of comments from the online community praising their hilarious quest.
One user quipped: "You'd think at least the pilots could get some full sized bottles on board."
Another wrote: "This is insane and awesome," while a third added: "I was wondering what I was gonna do tonight on my day off - Now I know what I'm gonna do..."
Their post even caught the attention of Xbox, who commented on the Twitch-funded cockpit: "We're not going to ask you where you got the cockpit from."