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kjfitz picture
@ 2006-11-09 10:09:03
My guess is that the image was taken from an extreme angle and then post process to normalize it and align it to a 90 degree straight down perspective. Before the normalization the plane probably looked normal but the ground was distorted (like a lot of tilt in GE.) After the 'un-tliting' the ground looked normal but the plane is all distorted.

In the early days of GM all the maps from very far northern latitudes were very distorted. After a database update it was clear that some normalization had been done on the images. They were the same image but stretched and squooshed to be more consistent with a straight down perspective.

I think that's what we are seeing here.

(Sorry that's confusing and mangled... I lack the technical vocabulary to describe it in the correct terminology.)
dda picture
@ 2006-11-09 12:39:50
You're right, Kjfitz.
Anamorphosis is the appropriate term.
AKpilotEMT picture
@ 2006-11-09 13:57:14
Anamorphosis might be correct but what i think what matters most here is that kjfitz used the word "squooshed" ;)
dda picture
@ 2006-11-17 13:41:31
The displacement of the color is due to the difference of speed between the two planes.
The real mystery is : what is the airline company? (Looks like Tyrol airlines)