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Please explain the flight route from London to San Francisco which first goes north to Scotland first THEN west and through Canada?


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December 01, 2008 8:04PM

The flights follow the shortest route, which is over the top of the earth. It looks odd on a flat map, but makes perfect sense if you have a globe of the earth handy. Use a piece of string and find the shortest route between London and San Francisco - it is almost due North of London.

This is known as a "great circle" route.