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    Aug 20, 2011, 10:50 AM
    What is the shortest airline route from chicago to london ?
    Remember this airline route needs to make the longitude and latitude smaller
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    Aug 20, 2011, 11:49 AM
    I believe, if memory serves right, it is the great circle route. The great circle route is Northeast to Michigan, to Newfoundland (sometimes a stopover at Gander) to Ireland, and then onto heathrow in London.
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    Sep 6, 2011, 08:43 AM
    The great circle route is the arc across the earth's surface that is defined by a plane containing (a) the starting point, (b) the ending point, and (c) the center of the earth. Here's a neat on-line tool that can plot the great circle route for any two points:

    Great Circle Mapper

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