Planespotting From Your Desktop

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Every day people are finding new ways to use the capabilities of Google Earth, which brings to your computer screen the view of satellites looking down from above. Those roving eyes catch all kinds of things, and a few that our readers have found of interest include this image of a restored Avro Lancaster WWII bomber, flying above Huntingdon, England. Another screenshot captures what is interpreted to be a mysterious flying car near Perth, Australia, though later postings were skeptical of the claim. But there's little question about the abundance of black helicopters, captured by the hundreds by Earth explorers. Just a couple more -- how about airplanes with their shadows, and airplanes in unlikely locations (scroll down for this one). And for the private pilot with a critical eye, Google earth can serve as a preview to a cross-country or new airport without leaving the ground.