HAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2636 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 15168 times:
All the closeup photos on Bing and Google Earth are taken from aircraft flying overhead. The camera peers down from the belly of the plane and shoots a series of photos in a 'strip', so most areas will have coverage from near overhead instead of looking in from the side. These photos are then blended or stitched together in a computer to generate the single huge image available of any given area. However if an object on the ground is moving and happens to be in the area of the 'stitch', you might see just part of the object in one image but not the other, or as in this case, you'll see a double image as it appears in both of the stitched images.
One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.
Fly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 15032 times:
This happens EVERYWHERE. It's just the nature of aerial/satellite photography. If you look on highways and anywhere else with moving objects you'll see tons of glitches. Another one that people get all worked up about for no reason is "ghost planes", where you see only the shadow of the plane, or only the contrail, but not the plane itself.
GSPflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 14625 times:
Quoting timf (Reply 11): It's also obvious how much older Bing's aerial imagery is compared to Google's..
Depends on where you are looking. On the Bing view of my home in the Greenville area of SC, I can tell that it was taken during the summer of 2007 (I am positive, because of cars in the driveway that we owned both at the same time for a couple of months). The Google image of my Home (on both maps and Earth) was taken, at the latest, Summer 2005 (again positive, because of something in the neighbors yard that they moved out with them in June or July 05).
Look at the south-facing wall of the AS hangar, you will see the AS 75th anniversary logo. I believe their 75th anniversary was in 2007. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
gunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3543 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 10930 times:
Quoting JHCRJ700 (Reply 17): In the SeaTac photo you can see a Song 757 exiting the runway. Its been awhile since those birds were in the air....
You can also see bowling shoe-liveried NW jets, AS MD-80s and an incomplete third runway at SEA. Microsoft can clearly do better in the aerial imaging department insofar as currency goes...heck, this is their own backyard!
In parts of downtown Minneapolis the images from Google Earth were taken in 2002. Hopefully that will be updated any day now. Images of MSP were taken in 2006, its nice to still see the NW bowling shoe colors and all of the other NW aircraft.
brooklynchris13 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 10300 times:
Another excellent example is LGA. If I recall correctly, it shows aircraft ready to go on three of the four runways, and several different approaches underway. I have always thought it would be a great starter scenario for ATC instruction-- just drop that in front of a trainee and say-- "fix it".