cxsjr
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'White' Planes On Google Earth

Fri Mar 30, 2007 5:46 am

I've done a search on this but couldn't spot the answer so here goes:

On Google Earth, go to any of the larger airports or especially Pinal Air Park in Arizona and there appear to be a number of aircraft where the detail of the carrier etc has been 'whited' out. Check this out as well at Eldorardo Int'l in Bogota and there's a DC10 (?) taxiing near the terminal and the detail has gone on this too. In some instances, it's probably white out by the sun but in others, it's definitely been done intentionally.

Anyone know why?
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RE: 'White' Planes On Google Earth

Fri Mar 30, 2007 5:55 am

Quoting Cxsjr (Thread starter):
Pinal Air Park in Arizona and there appear to be a number of aircraft where the detail of the carrier etc has been 'whited' out.

In general, Airlines do not like pictures of their a/c being parked (stored) , especially w/o engines.
A desolately looking a/c stored in full airline colors might shed a bad reputation onto the airline itself.

Some more a/c are actually not owned by an airline, but by a leasing company and if they park an a/c no longer flying with an airline, they should remove full airline colors (usually basic livery would be okay).
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RE: 'White' Planes On Google Earth

Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:05 am

Here's an overview of Mojave - MANY airlines remove their titles (so the average passerby doesn't recognize it - be we will  Wink ), but many do not:


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Sometimes, the logo is left on for a while:


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Sometimes, it's not:


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RE: 'White' Planes On Google Earth

Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:08 am

Quoting HT (Reply 1):

In general, Airlines do not like pictures of their a/c being parked (stored) , especially w/o engines.
A desolately looking a/c stored in full airline colors might shed a bad reputation onto the airline itself.

It also indicates the aircraft is available for a potential lease.
 
cxsjr
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RE: 'White' Planes On Google Earth

Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:09 am

Thanks folks but I maybe should've made myself a little clearer.

I know airlines like to have their livieries removed when parked/stored but in these instances, it looks like the detail was there on the aircraft but has been deleted on the google Earth picture. You can't see where the wings join the fuselage or anything yet on other aircraft parked right next to them, the full detail (well, as full as is possible on google Earth) is visible.

 

[Edited 2007-03-29 23:17:59]
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RE: 'White' Planes On Google Earth

Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:27 am

Quoting Cxsjr (Reply 4):
it looks like the detail was there on the aircraft but has been deleted on the google Earth picture.

I totally know whatz you mean, just found out that simmilar things happened in Moscow and St. Petersburg airport aerial photos and wanted to post the same question.

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