Unexplained Mysteries on Google Maps [Explained]

Jason

Senior Member
My buddy sent me a link this morning in an email, and there was one that really caught my eye. I'm sure there is a really good explanation for these mistakes, but this one is just hard to explain. There are a few of them involving planes "apparently" parked in a yard. The other ones look superimposed or something like the plane was in the way of the photo from the satellite, and it added the plane into the contour of the land. Guessing? But this one is just hard to explain. First off the shadows seem to line up perfectly, as you would expect from the surrounding foilage and homes. Not to mention the plane actually looks like its under the trees, as it appears the trees are hanging over one of the wings, and the fuselage. So how does a mistake like this happen because I know there isn't a plane parked behind someones house, unless its John Travolta.LOL..

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...us-field-lake-blood-strangest-cloud-ever.html


Other plane images that seem easy to explain;




 

WeedWhacker

Senior Member
I am sure Mick will explain in better detail, but the Google "Mapping" method is rife with such anomalies.
 
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deirdre

Senior Member
its a plane in someones backyard. I googled "plane in backyard" (theres quite a few, sure their wives love that). anyway found the coordinates

plane.JPG
 

NoParty

Senior Member
Well that's really weird:

I just saw on GeoResonance's site that their declassified Kirlian equipment had
pinpointed MH370 at 25 19 22 8 South, 57 30 54 6 West... (aka "The Bay of Ben's Yard")
 

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
So how does a mistake like this happen because I know there isn't a plane parked behind someones house,
And how do you know this? There are lots of planes that people have repurposed for housing and decoration.

This particular plane is clearly just there. You can go into Google Earth, and use the time to see the same spot in different satellite images:
 

Mick West

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Here you go:
http://www.lanacion.com.py/articulo/93757-boeing-707-de-ex-lap-estacionado-en-patio-privado.html



 
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Jason

Senior Member
Thanks guys, I guess I shouldn't have immediately thought it was a mistake with google maps...
This might sound like a stupid question, but how did this guy get the plane in his backyard to begin with. F Do they take it apart peice by peice and reassemble it in his backyard, or what?
 

Hevach

Senior Member
There's a road right along the yard. It was probably brought in on a large truck with the wings detached and then reassembled. It's a pretty big job, but no different than having a large hot tub or custom aquarium trucked in.


As for the rest of the pictures, in order:
Plane in flight between the imaging plane and the ground
Plane in the overlap between two stitched images, wings are possibly lost in the same way the boat in the Loch Ness picture a couple months were
Plane over water, again made transparent by the image processing (almost exactly like the Nessie picture)
 

Mick West

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Plane over water, again made transparent by the image processing (almost exactly like the Nessie picture)
Yes, the key clue here being that it's next to a transition between two areas.


Google Maps images are made from multiple satellite images, and some areas are quite a patchwork. This particular image (on Long Beach, Long Island, New York) is from multiple years, at least five different images are combined in this one particular region.





 

Mick West

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This one:


Is not actually an overlay, I think. It's just a plane with dark wings and tail. Here's an MD-90 schematic overlaid.


Looked like it was coming from Phoenix, so I had a poke around the airport. These dark winged planes were there until around 2007. I don't recognize the airline. Terminal 4, B gates.


America West Express Canadair CRJ-900, N942LR


 
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Hevach

Senior Member
Yeah, you're definitely right on the wingless plane, now that I've seen what to look for I can find the wings in the original image as well.
 

pseacraft

Active Member
This is why we do not leave imagery analysis to amateurs...it takes time to research and verify the subtle differences in imagery to determine what is and what is not. Its an investment that many fail to make and plus we get some outlandish claims/interpretations.
 

Jason

Senior Member
Here's a backyard plane in Oregon, similar kind of thing

http://airplanehome.com/

Are all of these backyard plane's decommissioned, and does anyone have an idea of what this would cost in US dollars? I mean it seems like a serious undertaking, especially this last backyard plane. There are no roads leading in or out of this location from the looks of it. Must be nice, if you're in to that sort of thing.
 

Hevach

Senior Member
If you know the right people, you can get decomissioned aircraft in the condition you see up there in post 7 for basically their scrap value if they're not something collectors are after like military planes. Moving it can potentially cost more than buying it, and then of course the sky's the limit with customizing the interior to what you want.

With no roads, it gets more expensive to move them in, but really, if your landscaping plans involve a large aircraft you've probably got budget to spare. It could have been brought in in smaller parts, or by a more expensive service specializing in moving large things off road (an aircraft museum near me has this problem, and has sometimes used a company that normally moves logs and equipment for the woodcutting industry). That probably trashed their yard, but it looks like they landscaped around it anyway so I assume they planned for that.
 
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pseacraft

Active Member
They move them about the same way as they move houses and historical buildings. Nothing really special except of interesting hydraulics and planning. Just a normal heavy over-sized haul. Plenty of youtube videos of that. Plus that is how Airbus moves parts to the main assembly plant from the smaller plants. A lot of locals not happy about that.
 

Mick West

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Are all of these backyard plane's decommissioned, and does anyone have an idea of what this would cost in US dollars? I mean it seems like a serious undertaking, especially this last backyard plane. There are no roads leading in or out of this location from the looks of it. Must be nice, if you're in to that sort of thing.
$220K. According to this FAQ:
http://airplanehome.com/FAQs.html
 

ottomaddick

New Member
We use a lot of open sourced imagery (google and others) in our helicopter simulation visual models. Anywhere from 1/4 inch resolution to >13 meters. With the higher resolution, we see "artifacts" that get caught in the image capture. There is a 767 in a ball field just west of Teterboro. Its black and white paint scheme make it look more like Shamu than the U.S. Airways plane it is. Probably caught flying into Newark.
 
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