Friday, July 1, 2011

Fun Google maps satellite image find

I found this image on Google maps satellite images the other day.

It's a E-3 Sentry taking off from Tinker AFB near Oklahoma City. At first I thought it was a KC-135 (and that's what it went out on Twitter as) but then I noticed the rotodome on top.

It's neat because you can see the sequence of images as captured by the satellite. In the first "frame", it's just starting to pull away from the ground, and by the last frame it's well off the surface and past the end of the runway. You can also see the procession of the rotodome- the band of gray in the disk shows the rotation.