Remote Controlled Plane and Guy Controlling in Google Earth

[UPDATED: the original imagery for this location was updated. The original plane and guy are missing. But, now there are actually a bunch of folks flying planes and several model planes found at the same location.]
Model Plane and Controller in Google EarthVery cool! You can actually clearly see the shadow of the guy flying this remote controlled aircraft east of London, England in Google Earth. Yet another example of very high resolution aerial photos to be found in GE. The wingspan of the model plane is about 5 feet, so this is a pretty large model plane. The model plane is about 190 meters from the guy controlling it. You can see the two placemarks here . (By the way, the weird shaped “hair-looking” thing east of the guy is probably some lint or hair on the aerial photograph.)
I found out about the model plane and controller at Google Sightseeing which is a web site showing interesting sites in Google Local. Here are links to Google Local views of the model plane and the controller. Notice that you can see them much more clearly in Google Earth than in Google Local. Digg it!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. hi you have a great web site!

  2. You must be bored… lol. Kewl tho.

  3. The plane’s wingspan is 5.18 feet. in inches it is 62.18 inches its wingspan in yards is 1.73 yards. in meters it is 1.58 meters. it is 0.93 smoots in wing span

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