A recent comment/question in my original FSX post sent me off in search of the Egyptian pyramids. Granted, since I live in Las Vegas I can look outside my window and see a big freakin' pyramid any time... but it's not QUITE the same thing, now, is it?
In deference to "Lightning" who posted the original question, in case he wanted to first experience them within the game directly, screen shots are after the jump... but the quick answer to his question is, start at Cairo International Airport, then head more-or-less West and you just about can't miss them.
So since we'd be flying in the desert, and I wanted to be kind of quick about this little trip, I figured I'd take the desert-camo F-18 out for a spin. This is the "aggressor" paint job, basically made up like the training craft at "Top Gun" or "Red Flag", which are flown by the instructors to emulate enemy combatants -- hence the red star markings on the tail (though the US "Stars and Bars" are still faintly visible on the lower fuselage directly below the cockpit as well...)
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Here's the Hornet spooling up and getting ready for takeoff:
Once in the air, a quick turn to the West (WSW, actually) gets us pointed to the pyramids, which are apparently just on the outskirts of town:
Getting much closer to the complex, we can see all of the various pyramids and other surrounding structures:
A low and (relatively) slow pass shows off the detail of the objects themselves (as contrasted with the detail of the terrain, which is not as sharp):
Starting to turn around the complex for another pass:
Now we're coming around looking to the East, with the sprawl of Cairo in the background:
Even at relatively low speeds (a little over 200kts here), sharp turns can generate vapor trails off of the wingtips:
Of course we can't forget the Sphinx on this little tour:
And finally we make our egress...
We hope you have enjoyed your flight!