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Old Mar 22, 11, 8:36 am
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Interesting Google Maps Shot

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Old Mar 22, 11, 12:27 pm
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Looks like this probably belongs in the BA board
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Old Mar 22, 11, 1:34 pm
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What have I missed.
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Old Mar 22, 11, 2:01 pm
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Actually, if you scroll down a bit, the aerial view of the Great Court at the British Museum is great!
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Old Mar 23, 11, 1:45 am
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The bird might be on its way to LGW?!

I might have to reactivate my trigonometry skills to calculate the altitude.
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Old Mar 23, 11, 1:45 pm
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It is a Delta A-330
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Old Mar 23, 11, 3:12 pm
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I didn't know they had a Post Office in the rear tail of the A330. Good spot.

Don't move it to the BA forum, they will all come out the woodwork
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Old Mar 24, 11, 1:22 am
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Had to look at this about 15 times before I finally found it! I zoomed in, then looked everywhere and had no clue what was so interesting... Thought for sure there was some secret code or someone waving....

For those as dense as me, open the map to the left, then up to make it as big as it can be.. then move the map a bit down so you see more of Russell Square...
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Old Mar 27, 11, 12:38 pm
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On that other blog someone said it was a BA A321 and I have to concur. The length :: wingspan is almost exactly 4 :: 3 which means it can't be a 330 and of the 320s only the 321 is close.

You can't calculate the altitude without knowing the altitude of the Google plane, but if you use the scale diagram in the lower left of the map it's clear that the plane obscures about 243' of ground from tip to tail. An A321 is actually 146' long so that makes it about 60% of the altitude of the Google plane.

If the BA plane is at about 6k (as someone else speculated on the same blog) that puts the Google plane at 10k. Pretty impressive photography to be taking photos of things 2 miles away with enough clarity to see individual cars and even pedestrians.
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Old Mar 27, 11, 2:42 pm
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Originally Posted by zkzkz View Post
On that other blog someone said it was a BA A321 and I have to concur. The length :: wingspan is almost exactly 4 :: 3 which means it can't be a 330 and of the 320s only the 321 is close.

You can't calculate the altitude without knowing the altitude of the Google plane, but if you use the scale diagram in the lower left of the map it's clear that the plane obscures about 243' of ground from tip to tail. An A321 is actually 146' long so that makes it about 60% of the altitude of the Google plane.

If the BA plane is at about 6k (as someone else speculated on the same blog) that puts the Google plane at 10k. Pretty impressive photography to be taking photos of things 2 miles away with enough clarity to see individual cars and even pedestrians.
While I am impressed at your knowledge, you really should get out more !
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While I am impressed at your knowledge, you really should get out more !
What knowledge? I used Wikipedia!
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What knowledge? I used Wikipedia!
Definitely get out more then
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Old Mar 28, 11, 4:17 pm
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Certainly a BA plane as you can see the swoosh on the left hand side.
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Old Mar 28, 11, 4:19 pm
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Also, aren't the Google photos taken from a satellite, not a plane?
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