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Google maps stealth bomber

stealth-bomber.jpgThis is pretty amazing. Germany's Spiegel Online has found a stealth bomber on Google Maps. It should have been blurred out, because it's on a secret part of a military base -- but Google must have missed it. As of this writing, the bomber is still there, in good ol' Palmdale, California. Hit the link, and zoom out. You'll see metropolis of Los Angeles emerge just below it.

We stumbled on it via Google Blogoscoped, which translates Spiegel saying that it's prohibited to get close to military bases, let alone photograph them -- at least that's what you'd assume in times of terror.

To be clear, the images are obviously not taken real-time; they were taken up to several years ago. Still, it's got to be a breach to reveal where such bombers may be sitting.



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It's not "stealth" - it could be easily spotted - there is -in the left bottom corner. :-)

Alex4 on May 27, 2005 10:31 AM
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'Times of terror?' Ten times as many people die in highway accidents each year as were killed on 9/11. What did the Anthrax do? Nine people dead. Please don't help push -- the PATRIOT slope is slippery enough as it is.

Anonymous on May 27, 2005 7:31 PM
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The trouble with that "ten times more people die in highway" argument is this: highway deaths are accidents, whereas death by terrorism is intentional. One is a chance occurrence, albeit unwanted, and the other is a loaded dice. If you think about this difference a while, you will realize that if only we pull our heads once in a while from sand, the problem of highway traffic deaths is way more solvable than terrorism.

Raj

RK on May 27, 2005 8:51 PM
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Actually, the "terror" reference was still the rough paraphrase of the translation -- so wasn't a reflection of my own views, for the record. My fault for not being a clearer. Regardless, this picture is not something the U.S. government would be happy about.

Matt Marshall on May 27, 2005 9:45 PM
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I'd actually be surprised if anyone at the Pentagon is concerned. It's no secret what the B-2 looks like. Or that Northrop Grumman built and fixes B-2 bombers in Palmdale. (I found more than 1,000 references in Nexis to stories that included the terms B-2 and Palmdale, including press releases issued by the company.)

Northrop has also posted a variety of sketches and pictures showing the B-2, including:

http://www.is.northropgrumman.com/products/usaf_products/b2/b2.html

http://www.is.northropgrumman.com/gallery/usaf/b2.htm

Todd Wallack on May 31, 2005 10:36 AM
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I don't believe! Stealth? THAT Stealth? Top Secret bomber? Maybe it's a shit, and it isn't real Stealth? Maybe Americans want to lie us? I don't know what I have think about this picture (map?)....

Gosia (Poland) on June 4, 2005 1:38 PM
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Theres also a stealth fighter on a tarmac to the southeast of the bomber.

Andrew on June 9, 2005 6:41 PM
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why post this picture at all?
My son-in-law was killed in Iraq on May 23rd. and with terrorism the way it is currently, posting this photo was just down right stupid...like none of us have seen a stealth.....

Tammy on June 14, 2005 10:45 PM
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"the bomber is still there..."

And it will always still be there. The plan was there the time the satelite flew over and took the photo. You are always viewing the same photo in Google when you look at that area. Google maps doesn't "crawl the earth" with satelite caneras the same way it crawls the Net for new Web pages. Well, it will be gone when they buy a new set of satelite images.

Drew on June 21, 2005 3:49 PM
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Uh, hey guys, I hate to break it to you, but that's not a top secret stealth fighter. That is the un-mistakeable airframe of a B-2B Spirit.

The B-2B Spirit is a "Low-Observable" long range bomber. It has been de-classified for quite a long time. It is not illegal to approach, enter, film, or photograph U.S. Military bases unless it is expressly stated, such as the infamus Area51/Groom AFB.

The term Stealth Bomber is used to describe this aircraft because of the technologies used to create it. But obviously, you CAN see it, and, believe it or not, it DOES show up on radar. It is called stealth and low-observable because it was a relativly small radar-cross-section (RCS).

The term "Stealth Fighter" is used to describe the F-117A Nighthawk. Since the NIghthawk has not Air-to-Air capability, it is actually another "Stealth Bomber". The word fighter is used to describe the aircrafts handling characteristics. Because of how it is flown, fighter pilots are needed to fly it, not bomber pilots. If you know any fighter pilots, then you know that a fighter pilot is not very lilely to willingly fly anything called a bomber.

Other low observalbe aircraft in the U.S. Arsenal are the F/A-22 Raptor and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

You can learn more about these aircraft from Google.com. Just do a search. Nasa.gov and af.mil are other good sources. For people looking for vary in-depth info from a third party, try Janes.com. although they're not always free.

P.S. If you need to see some of those "blurred out" pictures on Google, in their "un-blurred" form, try this link.


http://terraserver.microsoft.com/

It's in black and white, and not very user friendly, but at least it's un-censored.

Clear Skies and Tailwinds
ČTony

NoseDive on July 14, 2005 6:31 PM
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Maybe it's an inflatable B2B put there to fool the terrorists?

Anonymous on July 15, 2005 2:30 PM
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cool

on August 4, 2005 1:25 PM
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