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Plane Landing is a sculpture of an airplane in a permanent state of landing. On July 4 and 5, 2008 Plane Landing appeared at the Zurich Airport as part of the show 'Shifting Identities - (Swiss) Art Now', curated by Mirjam Varadinis for Kunsthaus Zurich.
Originally posted by defcon5
Its an optical illusion caused by viewing the aircraft from a vehicle moving in the opposite direction of travel of the aircraft itself.
Primary example of such an illusion:
I have no idea if there is a technical name for it, but that is your answer.
Remote controlled jet or something else?
Recently joined to get ideas on what I saw a few weeks ago. On March 29 or April 5 ( can't remember exactly) I saw what appeared to be an F16 that was the wrong scale and flying too slow. What follows is what I experienced as best as I can describe it.
I was driving south on US 167 just north of Ruston Louisiana. I was coming down a hill into a straight stretch of road. In the distance directly in front of me was something flying maybe 150 to 200 feet above the ground. It was traveling east to west. There are some fields on both sides of the road, so I was able to keep it in sight the whole time it took me to travel through the straight stretch of road (about half of a mile). When I got even with the point that the object crossed the road it was probably a half to 3/4 of a mile to the west of the highway. The object turned toward the south. That is when I could see that it looked like a plane of some sort. It was flying very slow and made me think it was remote control. I didn't see anyone that could be controlling it though.
After I traveled down the road another 2 or 3 miles I was between Vienna and Ruston Louisiana. I saw the "airplane" again. This time it was on the east side of the highway flying east and started to turn north. It was close enough for me to tell that it looked like an F16 but only about 1/4 the size and moving way too slow to be a jet. What I saw looked a lot like this picture:
The only difference from this pic would be:
1. What I saw was banked a little more.
2. What I saw had no armament but did have the pylons for wingtip missiles.
3. What I saw had no markings or numbers.
I could not hear it (my windows were up and the A/C was on) and it seemed to go so slow that I thought it was going to stop and hover. I was only about 400 feet away from it and it was just above the tree tops. It was at my 10 o'clock when I first saw it on the east side of the highway and I saw it for about four seconds until it was at my 8 o'clock and trees got in my way.
I never saw it again and was not in a place I could pull over safely. I don't know what to think about this. I first thought remote control, but it seemed to have traveled too far and would have been out of site from someone controlling it from the ground at those distances (I'm guessing a total distance from start to finish of about 3 1/2 miles mixed open areas and forest). I would also think if someone built a remote control F16 that it would have some markings and some fake missiles on it.
Has anyone here ever seen anything like this?
Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by Matteroni
So you saw an aircraft that looked like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner 100-200 feet of the ground 100-200 feet away? And you saw the same plane a year ago?
I don't think the Dreamliner is even airborne yet, so it couldn't have been that.
I plugged your coordinates and come up here
Is this the correct spot?
Also, street view shows a lot of tall pines along the area you describe, must have been hard to spot such a low plane through all the trees?
Link to streetview
[edit on 4/12/09 by Chadwickus]