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Lancaster Bomber Flying On Google Earth

Tue Jan 10, 2006 2:52 am

I tried to search for a posting, but I thought this was interesting to show,

someone spotted it in flight

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/09/google_lancaster/
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RE: Lancaster Bomber Flying On Google Earth

Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:04 am

I knew some of the aerial views on Google Earth were old, but 60 years???  Smile
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RE: Lancaster Bomber Flying On Google Earth

Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:19 am

This is surely military?
 
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RE: Lancaster Bomber Flying On Google Earth

Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:24 am

Quote:
The Lancaster in question is the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's "City of Lincoln." The image is at 52 20 10.87N 0 11 43.34W, or right here (Google Earth KMZ link). ®

It's a restored Lancaster.
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RE: Lancaster Bomber Flying On Google Earth

Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:48 am

A very common sight at airshows etc.
Big state occasions too, usually with a BBMF Spitfire and Hurricane.

On 10th July last year, this aircraft dropped a million plastic poppies (the flower being a symbol for UK war remembrance), over the massed crowds in Central London at the combined VE/VJ Day commemorations.

So not only is the Lanc flying still, it's bomb bay doors still work!
 
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RE: Lancaster Bomber Flying On Google Earth

Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:50 am

That's remarkable. And to think I thought I'd found something special spotting aircraft in flight near LAX..
It only takes five years to go from rumor to standard operating procedure.
 
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RE: Lancaster Bomber Flying On Google Earth

Tue Jan 10, 2006 6:29 am

Okay, boys and girls... how do we know (for pretty certain, anyway) that this was taken from an aircraft and not a satellite?
 
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RE: Lancaster Bomber Flying On Google Earth

Tue Jan 10, 2006 6:46 am

Quoting Timz (Reply 6):
Okay, boys and girls... how do we know (for pretty certain, anyway) that this was taken from an aircraft and not a satellite?

...yup, an Avro Lancaster flying over Stukeley Meadows, Huntingdon, England, as originally spotted it appears by a chap on Google Earth Community who lives just about right under the aircraft's position when Google Earth's satellite captured this snap.
 
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RE: Lancaster Bomber Flying On Google Earth

Tue Jan 10, 2006 6:48 am

So how do we know they're wrong?
 
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RE: Lancaster Bomber Flying On Google Earth

Tue Jan 10, 2006 6:53 am

I have a friend who lives in Peterborough who has seen the Lancaster and Spitfires fly over her house. That has got to be one awesome sound, 1 Lancaster + 1 Spitfire = 5 RR Merlin's, probably the best sounding engine ever.
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RE: Lancaster Bomber Flying On Google Earth

Tue Jan 10, 2006 7:01 am

Quoting Timz (Reply 6):
Okay, boys and girls... how do we know (for pretty certain, anyway) that this was taken from an aircraft and not a satellite?

There's no blue "shadow" caused by the satellite cameras.  Smile

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