Google Maps Catches Airplane Cruising Down a California Street

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I've never before been tempted to click the "Report a problem" button on Google Maps. But if this shimmering airplane over Rose Avenue isn't the cause or effect of some sort of problem, I don't know what is.

It looks ghostly enough that I was sure it'd been photoshopped, until, well, I went to the source myself. A trick of perspective? A trick of the light? Either way, between this and USB cable monster, it's increasingly clear that Maps is tired of letting Street View have all the fun. [Google Maps, Thanks Justin!]

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The plane is obviously somewhat high in the air though. Someone with some math skills can figure this out. Assuming the plane is a 747 which is around 76 meters long we can look at the picture and compare it with the length of the cars which seems to be about 4 car lengths. A car on average is about 4-5 meters long so the plane is around 26% its size compared to the cars at ground level.