Can be rotated and translated

The surface (ground) can be rotated around any of the three axes.

It can be translated in three different directions.

There is one major difference:

If you roll the airplane it will look like an upside-down airplane.  It was created using artwork that was designed to be viewed from any direction in 3D space. 

The surface (ground) shown in Figure 4 was not created with that in mind.

If you roll the ground and turn it upside down, the result won't be very pleasing.