Robert Morton, 55, was at home in the English town of Doncaster whiling away some time by browsing on Google Earth. For many of us, this same pastime is a relaxing way to enjoy some downtime in our lives. But in this case, Morton’s nonchalant surfing suddenly came to a juddering halt. Why? Because 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 3D picture of our planet from above. You can get a similar effect on Google Maps if you turn on the “Satellite” setting, although this doesn’t offer the advanced features of Google Earth.
At any rate, people with time on their hands can gaze upon some extraordinary sights thanks to Google’s all-seeing computer program. Take the Davis-Monthan Boneyard, for example. It’s a kind of cemetery – but for planes rather than humans. Located in Arizona, the boneyard is in fact a huge storage facility for surplus military and government planes.