Interesting find on Google Earth


#1

Do you have Google Earth software installed on your computer? If so go to Yuma Arizona. I had the need at work today to look at an area of Yuma AZ. While looking I noticed the large airport there. I’ve never been to Yuma so I wasn’t sure if it was a military base or not. So I zoomed on on the airport to see what was there. You could see some fighters that appear to be F-18’s on the ramp and some helicopters that are clearly military. But as I was looking some more I saw a large 4 engine plane sitting on the ramp. As I zoomed in on the plan is was pretty obvious what it was. If you have Google earth take a look and see if you can figure out what plane it is.


#2

Yep, it’s been known for a while that a VC-25A has been visible at Yuma since the last update.

http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/7571/af1qz5.jpg


#3

Oh well, I didn’t know it was there. I thought it was an interesting find. In checking Google, I found one mention of GW being in Yuma in May of 2006. I know most of Google’s photos of my area are 3 to 5 years old. Is the photo at Yuma from the May 2006 visit?


#4

I found THIS. It’s dated 5/18/06, and G-Dub mentions he’d never been to Yuma before - So I’m guessing it was from that visit.


#5

Ever “fly” around Manhattan on Google Earth?

Go to 77 Water Street and you’ll see this interesting item…


#6

Check out the Western Museum of Flight at Hawthorne Municipal Airport. They have quite a fancy airplane there.


#7

nyc-architecture.com/LM/LM02 … STREET.htm

The biplane on the roof sculpture was designed by some guy named Rudolph de Harak and executed by the sculptor William Tarr in 1969 (thanks Jack Ryan).
Apparently it’s a full-size model of a WW1 Sopwith Camel, complete with runway. It was put there to amuse inhabitants of surrounding scyscrapers, notably the WTC.

flickr.com/photos/38119863@N00/218438997/

It has apparently not taken to the elements very well:


#8

It wouldn’t have been that visible from the WTC, but Grandma M had a great view of it from her office window at 100 Water St.


#9

On a few trips between Las Vegas and Irvine, CA…I went by this place. Google Earth shows it as:

Lockheed Martin Helendale RCS Facility

Anyone know what this thing is? It looks like a cone shaped runway. From what I could tell from the air it was about 5,000’ long and went from about 50’ wide to about 150’ wide.

It says it is a “radar cross section”…but what the heck is that?

John


#10

Linkie?

Google Earth says it’s a “Radar cross-section facility, used to test stealth aircraft”.


#11

wikimapia.org/18964/


#12

And: serve.com/mahood/RCS/helendal.htm


#13

Awesome article. Thank you for the research!!


#14

Make sure you scroll North about 300’ too :slight_smile:.

What did you find??? And what does it have to do with Clint Eastwood?


#15

Nice Firefox logo…