Aircraft

AWACS

Today we’re looking at E-3 Sentry AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) planes – they’re really just Boeing 707s with a 9.1m diameter rotating radar strapped onto the back, which provides airborne surveillance and battle management. Starting in Britain there’s…

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Thursday, 8th June 2006

Fat Planes

Invasion of the fat planes! There’s a really fat green plane at Heathrow (which looks a little like Thunderbird 2)… And at Hong Kong International, there’s some sort of fat pink alien spacecraft! (Or these might be fire training aircraft…

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Friday, 2nd June 2006

In Flight

Here’s a plane in flight, here’s another one, and another. Ah, there’s hundreds of them – Boring! Now, here’s a School Bus In Flight. That’s much more interesting! This is actually the City Museum in St. Louis. Built in an…

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Saturday, 27th May 2006

Live Local (again) and some helicopters

The other day, Windows Live Local added high-resolution aerials of Edinburgh, and Alex and I promptly wasted hours and hours finding everything there was to see in our home city and arguing about the exact date the photos were taken.…

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Friday, 26th May 2006

Juhu Garden Plane

It looks like the pilot of a small aircraft has crashed into Juhu garden in Mumbai! Actually, it turns out that this plane has never flown: it has no engine and is made of concrete, which I hear is not…

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Thursday, 25th May 2006

Pedra Bonita

Rio de Janeiro’s location within steep mountains makes it perfect for the sports of hang and paragliders. Here on Pedra Bonita (“Beautiful Rock”) is one of over 50 launch ramps in Rio where those who are brave enough leap off…

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Tuesday, 2nd May 2006

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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