Robert Morton, 55, was at home in the English town of Doncaster whiling away the time by browsing Google Earth. For many of us, this pastime is a relaxing way to soak up some downtime in our lives. But Morton’s relaxed surfing was suddenly brought to a juddering halt. He’d spotted something on his screen that really shouldn’t have been there.
Google Earth works by taking satellite and aerial photographs and stitching them together to give a highly accurate 3-D picture of our planet from above. You can get a similar effect on Google Maps if you turn on the “Satellite” setting, although that doesn’t offer the advanced features of Google Earth.
And people with time on their hands can gaze upon some extraordinary sights thanks to Google Earth. Take the Davis-Monthan Boneyard for example. It’s a kind of cemetery – but for planes, not humans. It’s located in Arizona and it’s a huge storage facility for surplus military and government planes.