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Google Earth Houston Discovery

Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 3:46 pm
by LAXspotter
You have to check this out people, check for Runway 27 at Houston Intercontinental Airport, and you will see something amazing, I see one plane that looks like it has barely started its takeoff roll and is 1/6 of the way down the runway while another plane is on final for that Runway and is less than 1/8 of a mile from touchdown. What the hell is happening? This is simply unexplainable, and I am left wondering? Am I crazy or is this a valid concern?

RE: Google Earth Houston Discovery

Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 3:47 pm
by bwest
Probably just two pictures taken at different times...

RE: Google Earth Houston Discovery

Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 3:50 pm
by LAXspotter
Quoting Bwest (Reply 1):
Probably just two pictures taken at different times...

That could be the only reason, becoz if it isnt, that plane is going to do a last minute go around or its a crash, i will take your answer.

RE: Google Earth Houston Discovery

Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 4:07 pm
by artsyman
The plane on the runway and the one about to touch down are the same plane. As someone else mentioned, this is two different photos taken probably a second apart

RE: Google Earth Houston Discovery

Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 4:12 pm
by bwest
Quoting Artsyman (Reply 3):
The plane on the runway and the one about to touch down are the same plane

Strange, must be some new design where the engines change from being on the wing while in flight to on the fuselage while on the ground.

BTW, if you look at 15L you get the same situation, 2 planes on the runway, one just took off, the other started it's T/O roll


Happens a lot on google earth actually... IIRC there's an option where you can see an overlay with all the dates of when the pictures they use are taken, but I can't seem to find it at the moment...

[Edited 2007-05-26 09:13:42]

[Edited 2007-05-26 09:27:13]

RE: Google Earth Houston Discovery

Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 4:18 pm
by andz
Go to Frankfurt airport and check out the "three" LH744s on rapid departure  Smile

RE: Google Earth Houston Discovery

Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 4:48 pm
by bwest
Quoting Andz (Reply 5):
Go to Frankfurt airport and check out the "three" LH744s on rapid departure

Love that one  Smile

Got me wondering, has there ever been a discovery on Google Earth of a commercial jet flying at cruise altitude?

RE: Google Earth Houston Discovery

Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 4:54 pm
by diamond
There is a website I browse often called www.virtualglobetrotting.com

There are thousands of satellite images of interesting (and sometimes boring) stuff. But they also have a lot of pictures like this - where the images don't line up, or a plane's tail will appear but the front half is missing, etc.

Check it out!

RE: Google Earth Houston Discovery

Posted: Sat May 26, 2007 6:19 pm
by artsyman
Strange, must be some new design where the engines change from being on the wing while in flight to on the fuselage while on the ground.
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Yes, I used to be baffled by this also, but as you mentioned, this is a phenomenon that is very specific to runway 27 at IAH. Oddly enough, it only happens on 27 and not for 9. Pilots needs to be specifically trained to cope with the dramatic change in feel of the plane at a random point on the final approach. It usually seems to happen in the last 300-500 feet before touch down.

The first time I noticed it was about 6 years ago, I was flying into Houston in first class on an MD80, and just before landing found myself in coach on a 737-500.