Somebody’s Hiding a Plane in Bushwick!

This crazy image comes courtesy of Brooklyn-based photographer, Christoffer Delsinger who discovered an image of an airplane hiding in Bushwick Houses in Google Maps. Click to see for yourself!  The official imagery date is June 18th, 2010 and the plane appears in both Google Earth and Google Maps, but not in the street views which are from 2009. Here’s a closer image using Google Earth:

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There appear to be wooden pathways leading from the building to the tail of the plane, as well as circling the building. The buildings are part of Bushwick Houses, a 16-acre housing development between Bushwick Avenue, Flushing Avenue, Moore Street and Humboldt Street by the New York City Housing Authority from 1960 and has a great swimming pool open to the public that we’ve frequented on hot summer days. With nearly 3000 residents in 1,221 apartments and eight buildings, whatever was going on June 18th would have been pretty conspicuous to both residents and people walking by on the street. Maybe a film set?

Normally, there is a jungle gym and playground where the plane is, here’s a street view from 2009:

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Okay, just kidding. A summer April Fool’s…The images are real but obviously a plane just flying overhead. But check out the pool in Bushwick Houses though, it’s a nice warm weather escape.

In this extreme Google Earth closeup, you can see that the plane is above the trees and the psychedelic colors are probably just from the plane moving faster than the satellite shutter speed.

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For more fun Google Earth images, check out the Untapped exploration of Manhattan, designed as Paris.Next, check out these notable archeological sites in NYC or the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal. Get in touch with the author @untappedmich.

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41 Responses
    • Not photoshopped, since I took the screenshot myself, but the shadows come from the height and the moving plane. Either way, still a bizarre coincidence! – Michelle, founder Untapped Cities

  1. OMG, this plane is flying in the air, there is no wooden bridge, or none of that stuff, it is to the park below it, WOW there are some dumb people!

    • If you continue reading, it was a summer april fool’s we did a few years ago. We’re well aware it is a google image of a plane flying in the air and with our readers identified the make of the plane (you can see in the comments). But yes, a lot of people were fooled!

  2. TheLastBrainLeft Reply

    If you line up the nose of the airplane to the north/south runway at LaGuardia, you can see it’s a perfectly straight line.

  3. imagery satellites have different types of sensors: grayscale, red, green, blue. the sensors are arranged in a line, and each takes a photo as the satellite moves. each photo is taken at a different time, but at the same location relatively to the earth. then image is then created from the data of the different sensors. this is why there are problems with moving objects.

  4. so you should be able to figure out the height the image was taken now, given the size of the park and the wingspan of the plane, right?

    • Michelle Young Reply

      yes, although i might have to let my more math-minded friends do it 🙂
      from reading blog responses, people seem to think the plane is a 737.

    • Michelle Young Reply

      this is great…looks like people have started finding some more on google!

    • And yet another. All of these aircraft appear to be on the LGA Expressway Visual approach.

      maps.google.com

      This one has an obvious shadow just west of the airplane’s position.

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