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Virtual Plane Spotting With Google's Street View  
User currently offlineRavel From Finland, joined Feb 2006, 137 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4246 times:

Google has opened a new service called Street View which is a series of inter-connected 360-degree panoramas over a layer in Google Maps. Right now only a few American cities have been transformed into it but for example New York and Las Vegas have been covered well. This opens possibilities for virtual plane spotting, because you can actually "travel" to places you could use for spotting in real life. However, you can only be on a road so good views can be rare.

This is Terminal 3 at JFK and some Delta(?) planes can be seen:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&om=1...896&spn=0.006529,0.008186&t=k&z=17

At LaGuardia, an American 767(?) taxing to runway:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&om=1....883089&spn=0.006517,0.008186&z=17

At Las Vegas McCarran a Southwest 737 is departing:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&om=1....159303&spn=0.006955,0.008186&z=17

Parked business jets at McCarran:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&om=1....172306&spn=0.006954,0.008186&z=17

This is interesting because you can actually "travel" by road to the airport, going through tunnels below the runways and see black limos picking up passengers from the terminal and so on.

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User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4189 times:

My god thats amazing!! How does that work? surely it would take forever to take millions of photos and stick them together virtually like that?

Rgds --James--



You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlinePtugarin From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4170 times:

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 1):
surely it would take forever to take millions of photos and stick them together virtually like that?

They probably took video and parsed it into frames.


User currently offlineRavel From Finland, joined Feb 2006, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4132 times:

Actually, they just drove a camera car around the cities, taking photos in all directions all the time, using some kind of positioning system to know the coordinates where the photos should be taken... I believe.

I spotted that Southwest at McCarran when I noticed a UFO in the sky. Then I moved the virtual guy around and noticed that it was a departing plane, departing in the same direction as the camera car was driving.


User currently offlineSmokeyrosco From Ireland, joined Dec 2005, 2112 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4125 times:

Thats pretty damn cool, I'm going to have hours of fun now on a vitrual holiday  Smile


John Hancock
User currently offlineRavel From Finland, joined Feb 2006, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4066 times:

Also remember to check out Google Earth and its textured new buildings - with a layer that shows realtime 3D data on planes in- or outbound from specific airports, for example ATL so you can see the planes flying between mountains etc.

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