reply to post by Wide-Eyes
I thought about that. From what I've heard, they only turn on the runway lights when they're about to takeoff or land an aircraft, so I imagine
plenty of passengers over the years have been flying that flight path and seen the lights suddenly turn on or off at Groom Lake, though most of them
probably had no idea what it was. I think it would be cool to get video from the air (like this) of an experimental aircraft taking off from there at
night. I mean, you wouldn't see anything except a light or maybe two, so you wouldn't be able to tell anything about the aircraft except possibly
its speed and handling. It would just make a really cool video, seeing the lights come on and the mystery light taking off.
reply to post by FosterVS
Don't tempt me
. I've been wanting to upgrade from this camera for a while now, but I've had it for less than 2 years, and I really don't know
anything about how to know how "good" a camera's pictures are going to be (or what that even means
reply to post by Ahmose
Haha, well I had been thinking about it before the flight, and even though I'd decided the flight path was way too far from Area 51 to see it, it had
recently been on my mind so that probably helped. I'm still surprised you can see that far. I'm not sure what the highest cruising altitude for a
commercial aircraft is, but I'd love to see what the view is like from a higher altitude. During my fly-by at 32,000 ft, 57-68 miles away, I (and by
I, I mean Google Earth
) calculate that the base was between 5 and 6 degrees down from the aircraft. I would have loved to have an 8 or 9 degree
down angle at it. There should be noticeably less haze, the mountains should obscure much less of the base when coming alongside it, there should be
less distortion from heat, you should have less cases of structures occluding other structures, etc. Higher should be better for a lot of reasons.
Closer and clearer wouldn't hurt either.
I tried to recreate one of the photos in Google Earth and had pretty good results. Here's a 2-frame GIF animation that flips back and forth between
Google Earth and one of my photos. To view it out of the forum frame, so you can see it all at once, click
I now have an increased respect for Google Earth, haha.
The biggest difference I notice is the buildings flipping between flat and 3-dimensional (for obvious reasons), though I do see some other changes
between Google Earth's imagery from November 2006 and my photo from Monday.