A strange one on Google Earth

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 12:17
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Was looking over the Snowy Mtns and found this...

s 35 52 20 e 148 35 10

Must have been flying over at the same time as the satellite..Unless one crashed up there that we don't know about!
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Reply By: Mick O - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:00

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:00
Ha Ha What a ripper. Certainly looks like a Canberra - Melbourne flight doesn't it. Just goes to show how good those cameras are.

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 11:21

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 11:21
if its as appears doubt they would use a plane that size canberra - melbourne.

appart for boeng 747 and airbus a340 not too many aircraft run 4 engines and none domestically (except those old quantaslink now national jet Ba 146 or whatever)
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Follow Up By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 04:33

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 04:33
RAAF 707?
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 09:37

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 09:37
was going to mention a 707 but thought they didnt fly any more/ if so it would be a possability
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Follow Up By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 15:40

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 15:40
Retired in 2009 so if it is an older photo it could be one.
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Follow Up By: Peter Horne [Krakka] - Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 14:42

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 14:42
Pretty sure A340 only runs two engines, 747 4 engines.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 at 02:42

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 at 02:42
a320 has 2 engines - a340 has 4
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Reply By: Member - OzGazza (VIC) - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:21

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:21
For those who don't have GE

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Reply By: Karen & Geoff - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 15:22

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 15:22
Michael, that was Geoff and I 4wd'ing. Remember we asked you to come with us that weekend but you had other plans. Didn't you know we had wings on put on the Cruiser. You can see me waving out the window if you zoom in on the pic. Karen
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Follow Up By: Member - Michael O (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 17:06

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 17:06
You'd need a jet that big to pull that caravan of yours...
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 18:15

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 18:15
I think that object is small and either on the ground or at tree height. Compare the size of the trees when you zoom right in.

Maybe it's just a pile of something that just happens to look very like a plane.

Very close to the "plane" look at s 35 52 20 e 148 35 10, 148°33'48.43"E

There is a 3D hut on the lanscape. I have never seen that done before.

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Follow Up By: Rob! - Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 15:38

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 15:38
using a telescopic lens (from a satelite) will give that effect.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 22:38

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 22:38
Yes, you are right Rob.

I was watching the Americas Cup and the two boats looked about 300m apart - they actually were 2km apart !

It reminds me of a photo I took from a Cessna during a US /Aust airforce op in the Kimberley. It was of a B52 below us. Unfortunately it's not digital, or I would post it.

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Reply By: pop2jocem - Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 18:52

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 18:52
OzGazza, in your pic to the left and slightly lower could that dark smudge be the planes shadow??

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 12:10

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 12:10
In clear skies, a plane's shadow looks just like the plane, not a smudge.

There have been examples on Google Earth.
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Follow Up By: Bomber_WA - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 13:04

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 13:04
Unless its on a bumpy surface like trees..

I would bet my hard earned that it the shadow of the plane.

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Reply By: Member - Jack - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 10:26

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 10:26
Another Maree Man??

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Reply By: Mandrake's Solar Power- Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 18:16

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 18:16
Well Mick O - You needed an adventure for that new u-beaut machine of yours --Maybe you should get in there and find it -- LOL

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Reply By: DIO - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 10:00

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 10:00
You've been conned. It is NOT a real aircraft. The image has been digitally super-imposed. Have a good look around the perimeter of the 'aircraft', there is no evidence of any disturbance to the terrain or vegetation. Not even April 1st.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 10:28

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 10:28
quick, pull out the tin foil hats.....

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Follow Up By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 15:41

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 15:41
Perhaps it is still in the air?
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Reply By: Member - Carl- Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 10:06

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 10:06
The only element of scale is the track on the ground. Therefore this can be used to give and indication of the plane size.

The position of the shadow also is a clue to the angle of the sun and the reflection of light off the aircraft suface. Therefore the plane might not be white but "air superority grey".

The relative distance between the front of the wings and the nose make it unlikely to be an airliner (getting max bums on seats). It also seems to have a high wing and also a high tail.

My guess would be a C17 or C5. Could be a early model C141 depending upon the date of the picture. You can examine the aircraft track as well. This would give a clue if coming from Melbourne or Adelaide.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 12:50

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 12:50
hmm hang on - high wing high tail short in relative terms 4 engines

im thinking those ex Quantas link BA146

plenty of them still flying around with regional airlinesBA 146
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Reply By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 17:52

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 17:52
Given that it is SW from Canberra I suspect a RAAF 707 climbing out of Canberra airport en route Sale or possibly Melbourne.

The shape looks very similar:


The trees along the road and near the aircraft are showing late morning shadows and that would match with the shadow on the ground west of the object which could be distorted by the ground profile. That shadow is around 500m from the aircraft. Assuming say 11:00 am that would place the aircraft at around 1700 metres which seems a little low but is feasible if it was doing a low level navigation run. It could be even closer to the ground - from the topo map it seems to be flying over a ridge and with the shadow in the foot of a valley as it approaches Tantangara Mountain.

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Reply By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 19:43

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 19:43
Obviously none of you have seen the new VW advertisement.

It is being towed through the scrub by a Touareg (out of shot).
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Reply By: HGMonaro - Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 at 09:42

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 at 09:42
here's another one...

I know the weather in Tassie can be a little cold but check out 'street view' @
-41.180952, 146.33284 link

I reported this to google a while ago, they responded 'Thanks, we'll investigate" but looks like nothings been done... maybe it's real!

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