Tribute to ‘Connie’ in Google Earth

Frank McVey is the guy at the Google Earth Community who for several months supported the planes in flight collection of placemarks. Being a serious aviation buff, last October he started a thread at the GEC about a favorite old aircraft of his called the Lockheed Constellation (wikipedia), affectionately known as the “Connie”. The Connie flew trans-oceanoc flights after WWII for TWA and was also modified for military applications including reconnaissance. In his thread, Frank McVey asked people to report to him when they found a Connie in Google Earth’s satellite and aerial photos. He has been writing individual stories about each Connie found and placemarking their locations. Each placemark includes details about the prior history, and current condition of the aircraft as well as marking its location for viewing. Here are a few examples: Classroom Connie , Dutch Connie , and McClellan Aviation Museum Connie . You can see the entire Connie thread at the GEC here.
Last fall I wrote about the GEC member ‘Hill’s collection of placemarks for DC-3s found all over the Google Earth. There have probably been many more finds since that story was published. GE is such an amazing tool for this kind of activity!

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.

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