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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

Santa Pod Raceway

Santa Pod is Europe’s first permanent drag racing venue, and this aerial photo was taken on a race day. This site us a disused WW2 American Air base once called RAF Podington and it was here that Sammy Miller set…

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Monday, 5th 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

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

The Armadillo & the SECC

This is the Armadillo in Glasgow. Oh all right, it’s really the Clyde Auditorium, but everyone calls it the Armadillo. It was designed to be a 3,000 seat extension to the boxy beige building to the north – the Scottish…

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Friday, 26th May 2006

Live Local Update

As reported by both the Google Earth Blog and Ogle Earth, Microsoft has provided an awesome update to the UK satellite imagery on their Live Local service. (I still can’t work the zoom tool unfortunately, has anyone else noticed that…

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Wednesday, 24th 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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Graveyards in Parking Lots

To mark Halloween this year, we’re visiting some unusual burial places. While it is common for cemeteries to have parking…

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