Nine Planes in Formation – Faked in the Google Earth Database!

[NOTE: Google removed the faked formation and just left the one real plane captured in the photo. The image was replaced during the image update on March 29th.]
Nine planes in formation in Google EarthWhat started out looking like a pretty cool find of nine small planes in flight in near-perfect formation, was quickly determined to be a fake. At a lake about 35 km west of Copenhagen, someone photoshopped this formation of what is apparently a single plane before the photos were supplied to Google. So, anyone can see the faked formation (at least until Google removes them). See the planes here in Google Earth , or here in Google Maps. If you look closely at the aerial photo you can easily see that the water around each plane is identical. It only took a couple of hours from the time someone posted the exciting find, for experienced GEC moderator ‘Hill’ to recognize it was fake and point it out.


You can read the two nearly simultaneous threads of discussion here and here. Interesting to note that just to the southwest of the planes on the same lake is a large number “2″ in orange. This looks like part of a number from a camera which took the aerial photograph, but wasn’t properly edited out. When you have millions of photos from many suppliers, interesting things happen to the imagery. I kind of like the planes… Hopefully Google will keep them around a while. Thanks to ‘Delta102′ for the tip.
For more interesting things found in the Google Earth imagery – which some people consider data errors, but others find entertaining – check out this article on the Data Error Compendium.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



Comments

  1. It may be another case of a “copyright trap” that the image provider added to the image. This way, they can tell if someone other than the licensed user (Google in this case) is using the same data. There was a discussion about “made up roads” in the commercial road networks that serves the same purpose.

  2. Bram Versteeve says:

    Find the original plane.

  3. The original plane is the second farthest to the left

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