Iwok From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1108 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7466 times:
I was recently googling Georgia to see if there are some new images from the recent war. As I was scanning along I noticed a long line running east to west. Upon zooming in, I saw it was contrails and it turned out that the contrails started near the coast.
So, of course I zoomed in to see what type of AC it was and lo and behold I see two. See below.
As we can see, there appear to be two aircraft. One "white" 747 and another 4-engined aircraft. Are these the same and the result of some optical illusion? It sure seems to me like the contrails are different enough.
Diesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1637 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6958 times:
Diverting slightly off topic....
Completely co-incidentally and perhaps bizarrely, whilst "Google Earth-ing" earlier today, I came across exactly the same co-ordinates - I'd wondered what the aircraft was too (have seen the duplicate images previously though).
Wonder what the chances of two people, from the same site, finding the same situation on the same day are?
Anyway, thanks Iwok.. saved me (maybe) asking the same question.
Almost definatley a -400 given wiglets and length of upper deck. The only livery feature I could see is the black tail. Given it's location, could this be a Singapore 747-400 en route between Singapore and Europe? From above you might not see the fuselage livery?
SashA From Russia, joined May 1999, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5749 times:
Quoting EMBQA (Reply 4): Also.. don't count on finding recent Google updates. It looks as they they only revise images every 4-6 years. Pictures of my parents house were taken in spring of 2002
It depends on the area. Less densely populated areas and areas without famous landmarks.. or military targets that may be of interest to USA are quite from far back in time. However larger cities and interesting objects do get a frequent refresh . Just check out how detailed Moscow is.
The plane indeed looks like 747-400 as previously suggested. If it the phantom feature wasn't explained by collation of sat images, I'd speculate that the second plane could well have been a B-52... somehow flown close to a 747 perhaps to masquerade on radar systems as a single 747?? This is crzay I know... but would such a technique work if it came to it?
MidEx216 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3517 times:
I don't believe this is actually two aircraft. However, I also don't think it's the other commonly found "phenomenon" of one plane appearing more than once, as those are normally sequential images, and this duplicate is clearly not in series.
Rather, I believe that it's a reflection of the original plane on the clouds below. As the sun shines at an object (in this case, the plane) it can cast a shadow, but as distance increases between the object and the surface the shadow would be cast upon, the shadow fades. That gives space for this next natural phenomenon to take place; as light goes past, through, or around an object, it's spreads out, in this case, causing a bright spot in the shape of the plane it just bent around. That is my best explanation for what is going on here.
Whether or not that idea is correct, I can guarantee one thing: the "second" plane is NOT a B-52.
WestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2134 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1874 times:
The shadow / reflection theory, is certainly plausible, but why couldn't it just be two separate 747s flying the same track with (say) 2000 feet vertical separation? For example a Singapore Airlines (upper) and a Korean Air (lower).
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LEEDS19 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2008, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1822 times:
I find Google earth very confusing sometimes,for example at Tokyo HND you have very high definition and the same MD-90 Aircraft can be seen parked at the JAL Terminal and also at the west side maint area.JA8062 can be read off the top of the wings on both aircraft yet there is no other obvious evidence that it is a composition of photos.