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05/13/2010 02:04:20 PM · #1
hey DPC, any aviators out there? I came across this little wingless airplane while looking at JFK on Bing that was photographed on a taxiway and I have NO idea what the heck it is... any thoughts?

Bing Maps - Weird Airplane at JFK you might need to zoom in a little bit.

it's probably a gov't conspiracy or something... maybe a blimp? some sort of training plane? the space shuttle??? why is it on the taxi way heading to depart from 4R??? so many unanswered questions. obviously, dpc is the correct forum for this because we all know how we love our conspiracy theories around here...
05/13/2010 02:14:09 PM · #2
It's the result of merging two images when the plane was very near the edge of frame, which combined with the plane moving between shots creates the "wingless" effect. Nothing that hasn't been seen on google maps before ;)
05/13/2010 02:17:31 PM · #3
And here I was thinking somebody at Bing had decided to have some fun and photoshop the wings off, but how did that explain the stubby fuselage?

R.
05/13/2010 02:22:16 PM · #4
i have to agree with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/749.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/749.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Manic on this one. i guess since the taxiway is nearly perfectly heading North/South it was pretty easy for that to happen... it just seemed a little too perfect. Thanks guys :)

now i can sleep comfortably...
05/13/2010 04:00:43 PM · #5
Originally posted by Manic:

It's the result of merging two images when the plane was very near the edge of frame, which combined with the plane moving between shots creates the "wingless" effect. Nothing that hasn't been seen on google maps before ;)


Yeah... but why would wings on both sides be 'clipped', and why is the shadow also wingless. The shadowed side of the plane was not cut off, where the wing should have obscured the shadow.
05/13/2010 04:04:00 PM · #6
Originally posted by VitaminB:

Originally posted by Manic:

It's the result of merging two images when the plane was very near the edge of frame, which combined with the plane moving between shots creates the "wingless" effect. Nothing that hasn't been seen on google maps before ;)


Yeah... but why would wings on both sides be 'clipped', and why is the shadow also wingless. The shadowed side of the plane was not cut off, where the wing should have obscured the shadow.

Probably the image merge/cleanup algorithm gets rid of disjointed objects like partial shadows, but since the fuselage lined up in both shots, it kept the stub of airframe.
05/13/2010 04:19:44 PM · #7
This could also be one of the trainer fusalages they use for practicing tactical insertions with SWAT and HRT. They usually have one or 2 of these at most major airports. They also have 1 or 2 planes they can burn while training the fire fighters there.
05/13/2010 06:10:26 PM · #8
Its a new AIRBUS 320. Its a recent development, started soon aftert 9/11.

To avoid the need for enhanced security, it truly is a BUS. Never leaves the ground.
05/13/2010 06:22:27 PM · #9
Originally posted by Manic:

Originally posted by VitaminB:

Originally posted by Manic:

It's the result of merging two images when the plane was very near the edge of frame, which combined with the plane moving between shots creates the "wingless" effect. Nothing that hasn't been seen on google maps before ;)


Yeah... but why would wings on both sides be 'clipped', and why is the shadow also wingless. The shadowed side of the plane was not cut off, where the wing should have obscured the shadow.

Probably the image merge/cleanup algorithm gets rid of disjointed objects like partial shadows, but since the fuselage lined up in both shots, it kept the stub of airframe.


Wouldn't it have just moved between adjacent frames, the wing region was never captured on either and thus the fuselage looks shortened too...

Message edited by author 2010-05-13 18:22:48.
05/13/2010 06:42:38 PM · #10
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You were not meant to see that, Number Six. This is most unfortunate.
05/13/2010 07:53:02 PM · #11
If you zoom in more, you'll see that the fuselage is actually disjointed in the back. The back is slightly askew to the left.
05/13/2010 08:09:21 PM · #12
Originally posted by PGerst:

If you zoom in more, you'll see that the fuselage is actually disjointed in the back. The back is slightly askew to the left.

I hope they fix that before takeoff.
05/13/2010 08:45:39 PM · #13
I imagine it is a result of image merging software - there was an attempted HDR shot of an airliner on another forum recently, where the merging software had also removed the wings, leaving just a fuselage. No idea why the software does this, but it just doesn't seem to like wings.
05/13/2010 08:46:02 PM · #14
Hey, OP...I'd pm ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Morgan, he knows a few things about planes.
05/13/2010 08:50:57 PM · #15
This plane made it:
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05/13/2010 10:04:05 PM · #16
So did this one! ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1167/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_852915.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1167/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_852915.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
05/13/2010 10:09:24 PM · #17
HAHA! Nice comeback!
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