Identifying Planes in Google Earth

Plane IDs in Google EarthAs noted in this blog before, some aviation fans like to try and find planes in flight in the satellite and aerial photos of Google Earth. Some of the fans like to identify planes found in flight or on the ground. There are collections of all SR-71s (aka Blackbirds), and unique planes like the Lancaster Bomber. Someone called “Cyclonic” at the Google Earth Community posted an ID helper showing various identified planes and example screenshots from Google Earth. The helper includes basic measurements of length and width of the planes which is useful when you use the GE Measure tool. Cyclonic has found a large number of planes in flight himself. The screenshot shown here shows just a sample of the ID collection.

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. What is this? Is it a bird? a plane? What?

  2. Chip Nedza says:

    How far can a Boeing 747 be seen with the naked eye

  3. How about the trainer SR-71 that is at Hill AFB in Utah?

  4. 9 Planes are visible in =39.666958,-86.506735 at 5-6-2012!!!!.

  5. 9 airplanes visible on field!.kmz this is a kmz!

  6. Guys1 Better look at this collision on taxiway! 47°26’29.83″N 122°18’23.14″W WITHOUT DATE!
    Posted by: Hans Timothy at October 28, 2012 7:25 AM (Sunday).

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