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Since the days of Aaron Koblin's groundbreaking and mesmerizing Flight Patterns, we all known how seductive flight routes can be when rendered as colorful streaks of light against a dark background.

Transport visualization firm Ito World has taken this approach one step further, in particular by adding a detailed level of information in terms of the exact travel altitudes of the tracked airplanes. Red flights are ascending, blue flights are descending.

Watch the movies below.

See also:
. Visualizing all the Commercial Flights within 24 Hours
. Real-Time 3D Air Traffic Network Simulation Installation
. European Airspace Rebooted
. Daily FedEx Plane Network
. Britain Seen from Above
. Just Landed

Via @aquigley.