How to Track Flights using Google Earth

Today I wanted to show y’all how to use Google Earth to track flights. Yes Google is just that awesome! But why would you want to use Google Earth to track flights?

For one it’s awesome to do and give you a bigger map to track your flight. Two, you get a better visual of the planes flying and can see other planes around the one you’re tracking. Three, you can see the planes elevation while tracking and it’s in 3D, making it an unique experience.  For people not familiar with Google Earth, it is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program and you can download it for free here. Follow the steps below to learn how to track flights using Google Earth:


Step 1) Download Google Earth… and after you’re done downloading it open up the application.

Step 2) Go to through your internet browser (You can of course just track through but using Google Earth is more fun).

Step 3) Click which airline you want to track and the flight # (You can track international flights but domestic flights seem to work better).

Step 4) Click the Google Earth button.

Step 5) Click the browse button next to “open with” and Google Earth should be an option.

Step 6) Your Google Earth should open with the flight being tracked already.


Dallas to London Flight Tracking Google Earth

Google Earth provides the flight track, the elevation of the flight, the points in which the airplane is coming from and to, and the speed of the plane.

Make sure to use the different layers in Google Earth like the borders layer that show country borders, etc…, weather layers that show the regional rain, snow and clouds, 3D buildings, road, etc…! Putting this on you may be able to see if a flight was delayed or will be delayed due to weather, etc.

Google Earth is an amazing program and I use it a lot to learn more (*cough” geography major nerd *cough*) about the world and to of course track flights!

Google Earth Flight Tracking




images by: shawnvoyage, kerry

By | 2017-07-26T09:07:45+00:00 April 13th, 2013|


  1. Ralph Loh September 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Can’t seem to track EVA26 from TPE to SEA

    • Shawn Blair September 14, 2013 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      Sometimes international destinations are not displayed! But it should work if it’s a real flight from Seattle.

    • Shawn Blair September 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      It’s because FlightWise does not track Eva Airlines!

  2. eaisenbrey April 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Does not give me the option to track using Google Earth (yes I have the application on my computer). Am currently trying to track a Southwest flight. The website found the flight and am tracking it 2D but would really like to track it 3D if possible.

    • Shawn April 18, 2017 at 7:07 am - Reply

      Hmm this is an older article. Perhaps they changed something on Google Earth. I’ll have to look into it.