Salute to the An-2 in Google Earth

Antonov An-2 planes in Google Earth“The Antonov AN-2 biplane, the largest single engined biplane, is still in service in the military of some countries and in use as a civil aircraft and private aircraft in many others. It is also on display in museums around the world. Like the DC-3, it’s easy to find from above using GE.” This comes from a post by ‘Hill’ at the Google Earth Community. He posted the location of a few An-2s visible in Google Earth’s satellite and aerial photography. What he didn’t expect is that he would unleash a wave of similar finds by some aviation enthusiasts who love finding planes in GE. Already hundreds of the planes sitting around airports all over the world have been identified. Some of the searchers are even using aviation databases to find the registered home locaiton of the planes. Here’s the collection of placemarks showing the An-2s found so far . (photo of the An-2 came from Thanks to ‘Delta102’ for bringing the post to my attention – he happens to have discovered a large percentage of the An-2s in the collection. ‘Delta102’ is also a big contributor to the collection of DC-3s found around the world, which is also maintained by ‘Hill’.

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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