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6 de Diciembre 2005

Planes in Flight in Google Earth (revisited)

Planes in Flight Flying in Google Earth screenshotIt is becoming something of a passion for some, looking at the high resolution satellite and aerial photography to find a shot of an aircraft in flight somewhere on the Earth. As previously reported here and here people at the Google Earth Community have been collecting the locations of pictures of planes captured in flight in the Google Earth data.

The folks at the GEC have been creating a database which is being updated daily, and until recently you had to go to the main post and re-download the KMZ file to get the latest updates. Now, my friend Valery up in Russia has created a network link for the plane collections including the airplanes in flights, airports, locations of DC3s, and locations of Starships. He has also put train/rail-related collections as well. Once you download the network link, move it to your "My Places" folder for safe keeping. Then, click on the "Transportation" folder to see what it contains. Click on the folder you want to examine and explore. I recommend the "Air->All Aircraft in Flight". You will be amazed at the dozens of planes in flight people have found. Double click on the placemarks to get a close-up view of these planes.

One thing you may notice is that some of the planes have a "ghost". This is not a shadow, but is in fact an artifact of satellite imagery and the fact that planes are in motion. You can read an explanation here. A tip: when you are done looking at all the placemarks you can select the main folder with the right mouse button and choose "Hide Contents" to deselect all the placemarks. Then click on the folder "triangle" to open/close the folder.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 6 de Diciembre 2005 a las 08:02 AM

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    Guess you have to have an account to login to the keyhole BBS? I have wondered what those colored "shadows" were from. :)

    Enviado por: Jason at 6 de Diciembre 2005 a las 12:30 PM

    Huh? I'm not sure what you're talking about. There is no "account" required to see the GE (formerly called Keyhole) database. The free Google Earth can see the entire dataset.

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 6 de Diciembre 2005 a las 10:13 PM

    I got the free google earth and the entire database is amazing cheers!!!

    Enviado por: geographer91 at 10 de Enero 2006 a las 03:01 PM

    I've checked out Google earth but the views where from a couple of years ago, and there is no clear vision at all for North of Scotland. Will this be getting changed, I have downloaded the free version but am reluctant to subscribe without knowing more.

    Anyone got any answers for me Please

    Enviado por: Nikki at 31 de Marzo 2006 a las 01:49 PM

    The data you see in the free version is the best Google currently makes available. Buying the GE Plus or Pro versions will not let you see more satellite data.

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 31 de Marzo 2006 a las 07:25 PM

    i like looking at planes in flight

    Enviado por: john cox at 13 de Julio 2006 a las 08:14 PM

    i like looking at people in flight, but they are harder to find

    Enviado por: jox cohn at 1 de Noviembre 2006 a las 07:23 PM

    how old are the images on google earth?

    Enviado por: emma at 17 de Diciembre 2006 a las 12:32 PM

    Have a look at:

    52°13'2.76"N, 5°36'59.90"E

    Enviado por: Theo at 1 de Enero 2007 a las 08:13 PM

    take a look at this 50°3'6.04'' N, 8°36'59.85'' E

    Enviado por: blackadder at 20 de Junio 2007 a las 07:34 AM

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