[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.]
What 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.