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nico @ 2014-02-26 21:00:20
nico pictureChabelley Airport/New US drone site
In the latest imagery, you can now spot 5 drones and quite some different installations built.

http://osimint.com/2014/02/23/imagery-of-the-week-drones-at-djiboutis-chabelley/
nico @ 2014-02-14 16:33:55
nico pictureUnderground Access
Great find!
nico @ 2014-01-27 18:53:10
nico picturePainted carrier landing strip on runway
Article in Jane's Defense Weekly 1 Jan 2014, shows that this airfield is in use for carrier training. There's 2 ski jumps for take off practice and 2 locations with arresting wires for carrier landings.
nico @ 2014-01-06 16:44:29
nico pictureMemorial to UTA Flight 772 in the desert of Niger
nico @ 2013-11-29 18:00:08
nico pictureEmpty Pads
Being right across from Taiwan, you have to figure they are for cruise missiles or ASM launch site.
nico @ 2013-11-29 17:51:34
nico pictureDassault Rafale of the French Air Force in N'Djamena, Chad (Operation Serval)
Great catch! I need to use Bing more often.
nico @ 2013-11-16 07:40:07
nico pictureNew airfield in UAE
Thank you! Couldn't figure it out!
nico @ 2013-11-15 19:29:16
nico pictureNew airfield in UAE
For moderator: sorry but I don't know how to get the URL from BING maps, that's where I got the image but the coordinates are from Google Earth.
nico @ 2013-10-20 15:26:31
nico pictureAlleged new Nuclear site
I meant Jane's WASN'T convinced that it was a new military site.
nico @ 2013-10-20 14:59:14
nico pictureAlleged new Nuclear site
There is what looks like a cement plant and the image you posted looks like an aggregate field for the cement production. Jane's Weekly was convinced 100% either that is was a new missile site, it is interesting to see the next images. I have a couple of other locations that I have spotted that could be missile/nuclear/military related that are in building phase. It is really hard to tell, need more images.
nico @ 2013-10-13 22:11:16
nico pictureChinese sub
I think it is the pollution, also depending of the time of year, farmers burn all the fields, makes for lots of haze. Noticed that too, lots of China imagery looks "dirty".
nico @ 2013-09-26 20:45:38
nico pictureChabelley Airport/New US drone site
" Rattled by the rash of drone crashes, the Djiboutian government asked the Pentagon to move its unmanned aircraft away from the city to a rarely used airstrip in the desert, Chabelley Airfield, according to the unclassified documents, which were obtained by The Washington Post as part of a public records request.

In a letter to Congress in February, the Pentagon asked for urgent authorization of $13 million in funds and equipment to build “minimal facilities necessary to...
nico @ 2013-09-23 20:41:29
nico pictureUnderground Access
Great find!
nico @ 2013-09-21 20:27:36
nico pictureRather odd array
Just checked out HAARP for the first time. Yeah, kind of similar but it is different. Need to go back and checked the size.

Hmm, the Chinese array measures a bit smaller than HAARP but still quite large. I didn't know that HAARP imagery was censored. Some of the array is visible but the norther part is censored.

Interesting, just measured Chinese array north of this one and it is bigger, probably same size as HAARP.
nico @ 2013-09-21 20:18:08
nico pictureRather odd array
It just seems a bit odd to me to put it so close to a bombing range. Also seems very similar to the one north of it at another bombing/testing range. Could it have something to do with the range? I was thinking more along the lines of EMP testing or anti GPS stuff....
nico @ 2013-09-21 20:10:37
nico pictureSteel frames in the desert
I am guessing that was an older image when the hangar was being built. Also the cross looking runway was being laid down. Check out the stuff to the left of the steel frames. The blue and white "buildings", some kind of weird lay out and looks like a formation of 10 trucks? in the GE and even GM imagery, it seems like they have all been "taken" out. Pretty cool.
nico @ 2013-09-21 18:20:31
nico pictureTarget practice, unusual site
Yeah, I saw that one, it appears to have been built early 2010 and blown up later in the year, it is damaged in the 8/19/2010 image.Hasn't been repaired since. I was getting tired last night and didn't include it! I thought the odd steel frame structures next to it were more interesting. They haven't been bombed yet or maybe they are something else than target practice, I don't know.
nico @ 2013-09-21 18:15:00
nico pictureTransport plane inside hangar?
Not only you can't see in in Google Maps but I noticed on Google Earth, it was displaying the 2011 imagery even thought there was more updated imagery, not sure why.
nico @ 2013-09-21 09:57:35
nico pictureUS Army Owned Russian Mi-17 Helicopters
Great find! Mils are pretty bad ass helicopters.
nico @ 2013-09-20 20:30:28
nico pictureBoeing Dreamlifter
What are the 2 helicopters straight ahead from the 747? They look like Russian Mils?
nico @ 2013-09-20 07:43:12
nico pictureUnusual Raytheon facility under construction
Great find!
nico @ 2013-08-12 20:08:56
nico pictureSpace Surveillance Receiving Station
nico @ 2013-08-12 20:07:34
nico pictureSpace Surveillance Receiving Station
nico @ 2013-08-12 20:05:28
nico pictureSpace Surveillance Receiving Station
nico @ 2013-08-12 20:04:09
nico pictureSpace Surveillance Receiving Station
nico @ 2013-08-12 20:02:55
nico pictureNASA Space Surveillance Station Receiver
nico @ 2013-08-12 20:01:08
nico pictureSpace Surveillance Receiving Station
nico @ 2013-08-08 18:04:12
nico pictureDamaged Great Mosque of Aleppo
This is really pissing me off!!!! News outlets and especially those bastards at Google Earth have stopped putting out new satellite imagery of the planet for the last 2 months and pretty much more than 1 year for Syria so there is no way for people like us to spend time looking at battle damage and try to report to military/Intel sites where we could spread the word and images!!!!! I AM SO MAD RIGHT NOW!!!!!
nico @ 2013-08-04 21:24:38
nico pictureGiant Pentagram
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/huge-mysterious-pentagram-kazakhstan-explained-6C10843939?cid=social10463484

Did you find this before the article? I think you just started something!LOL! Maybe the news people are checking out VG for stuff to publish?
nico @ 2013-08-03 21:22:43
nico pictureGiant Pentagram
I was kind of wondering because it seems to be in the middle of nowhere.
nico @ 2013-08-02 19:29:56
nico pictureBar Lock Radar
Great detail!
nico @ 2013-08-02 19:28:15
nico pictureGiant Pentagram
Anybody know what's it for?
nico @ 2013-07-11 21:56:48
nico pictureNiamey Drone Base?
I think it was also reported in Air Power June 2013 that US was flying drones out of Niger in support of French forces.
nico @ 2013-07-11 21:55:02
nico picturePossible second launch site
LOL! Sure seems to be in the middle of nowhere so they must have lots of time to play tennis and soccer!
nico @ 2013-07-11 15:11:39
nico pictureEl-Watah DF-3 Missile Complex
Great find!
nico @ 2013-07-07 16:54:48
nico pictureExperimental Air Force Jets
NICE!
nico @ 2013-07-01 20:43:10
nico pictureMilitary base
Hard to tell. Could be related to the SAM site close by.
nico @ 2013-05-12 18:15:38
nico pictureLockheed TR-1
There appears to be another on undergoing some heavy maintenance, it looks like the rear has been removed to swap engines, I am assuming...Also, in the most recent GE pictures, there is now a line up of 5 AWACS.
nico @ 2013-05-01 19:54:32
nico pictureNational Airlines Flight 102 crash site
From what as been said so far, it would appear that the cargo shifted in the bay and 747 entered a spin at such low speed/low altitude/ Cg gone to hell, no way the pilots could regain control...
nico @ 2013-04-29 19:26:13
nico pictureMilitary airfield
Most probable. From what I know, AN-2 was considered to be the Soviet/Russian equivalent of the Cessna 170, so most likely it is a training center. Although, North Korea has over 100,000 special forces troops so it could have a secondary role as in incursion operations center, kind of far from DMZ but you never know.
nico @ 2013-04-24 19:35:55
nico pictureDamaged Great Mosque of Aleppo
Sad. Really starting to piss me of that Google Earth hasn't updated Syria imagery in months....
nico @ 2013-04-18 18:55:29
nico pictureWeapons Storage Area
hard to tell if there was a storm or if the French are building some additional hangars.

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&t=k&ll=47.04664378183658,2.6187747875594747&z=18
nico @ 2013-04-18 18:53:21
nico pictureWeapons depot
Thanks Skyeye! I will post it.
nico @ 2013-04-17 07:53:03
nico pictureKGB Prison
Great find!
nico @ 2013-04-15 20:54:18
nico pictureSAM-Site
It's a HAWK SAM site. There is another one a little east of it, I think, also there's a PATRIOT SAM site just a little bit south of it.
nico @ 2013-04-15 20:13:26
nico pictureB747 engines being removed
I think I screwed up on this one, it isn't ABL.
nico @ 2013-04-14 07:57:40
nico pictureLC-130H Polar Hercules
Nice pic!
nico @ 2013-04-14 07:29:10
nico pictureTwo Iranian F4 Phantom
You think that after 1000 maps submitted I would have figured out by now how you guys find some of these safari items on Street View...
nico @ 2013-04-12 19:46:12
nico pictureBandar Abbas International
Yeah, I was also very much surprised, just checked it out of habit! Don't know how we all missed it...
nico @ 2013-04-11 20:49:34
nico picturePossible SAM-Site
Probably another HAWK SAM site.
nico @ 2013-04-11 20:48:11
nico pictureSAM-Site
Moderator: my fault, i wasn't signed in, it is NICO that posted the comment.
nico @ 2013-04-08 17:17:41
nico pictureShah-Abdol-Azim shrine
I did find this:A mosque which entombs the remains of 3 individuals: a descendant of Hasan ibn ‘Alī, ‘Alī ibn Husayn, and Mūsā al-Kādhim.
nico @ 2013-04-08 17:16:16
nico pictureShah-Abdol-Azim shrine
Moderator: it is a shrine, i think there is a mosque but not sure.Don't know if it counts.
nico @ 2013-04-07 18:53:22
nico pictureHistoric Mosque City of Bagerhat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixty_Dome_Mosque

http://www.banglapedia.org/HT/S_0313.HTM

Shatgumbad Mosque is the largest of the Sultanate mosques in Bangladesh and one of the most impressive Muslim monuments in the whole of the Indian subcontinent. It is ascribed to one Khan al-Azam Ulugh Khan Jahan, who conquered the...
nico @ 2013-03-25 18:29:20
nico pictureSL-1 Debris Cleanup Site
Cool find! Wonder how many of these are laying around in Russia, left over from Soviet era...
nico @ 2013-03-25 18:27:03
nico pictureTwo HAS at end of runway
Thanks Skyeye, missed those.
nico @ 2013-03-24 18:43:23
nico pictureAircraft tunnel entrance
Yeah, say that. Eight of them, look like decoys to me. Maybe one or two could be real. Not that it really matters much, MIG19s!
nico @ 2013-03-22 22:52:35
nico pictureUSS Sturgis - Floating Nuclear Power Station
Real interesting, had never before heard of this stuff.
nico @ 2013-03-18 18:03:27
nico pictureIranian Naval base on Caspian Sea
Thanks!
nico @ 2013-03-17 19:35:06
nico pictureRoad block
nico @ 2013-03-16 17:28:58
nico pictureSpeed bumps?
Do you have a picture of what they look like from the ground? I have seen the other types of concrete blocks that can be dropped to form obstacles but these look like speed bumps when viewed from above.
nico @ 2013-03-16 10:59:01
nico pictureZubr-class LCAC
Nice catch!
nico @ 2013-03-16 10:12:40
nico pictureRoad blocks
Thanks!
nico @ 2013-03-13 17:56:10
nico pictureProbable VIP palace
Thanks mlc1us!

nico @ 2013-03-12 19:01:32
nico pictureNew Chinese AEWC for carriers, the JZY-01 Prototype
Great find!
nico @ 2013-02-08 17:25:17
nico pictureSaudi Drone Base?
It only appears in Bing Maps. Clam shell style hangars are a sure give away for US base/drones.
nico @ 2013-02-03 19:46:18
nico pictureArlit Uranium Mine
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21318043

Niger has confirmed that French special forces are protecting one of the country's biggest uranium mines.
nico @ 2013-02-02 19:28:27
nico pictureIsraelis Air Strike into Syria
http://news.antiwar.com/2013/02/01/obama-green-lit-israeli-attack-on-syria/

This article says that there was an attack on the depot, an attack(s) on a convoy(s) and maybe some other target.
nico @ 2013-02-01 18:44:12
nico pictureIsraelis Air Strike into Syria
Was this a separate attack? Or was this part of the same package strike that took out a SAM convoy? It is a bit confusing since no one really is giving details and just not sure if it was separate attack or just trying to confuse/muddy the water....

http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-israel-convoy-20130130,0,6001837.story
nico @ 2013-02-01 18:37:58
nico pictureLos Reyes de la Torta
Tried the place since it is so close to me, not bad food. Real big portions.
nico @ 2013-01-19 19:01:13
nico pictureGas facility, foreigners held hostage by militants in Algeria
nico @ 2013-01-18 18:41:50
nico picturePropaganda?
Thanks!
nico @ 2013-01-18 16:31:45
nico pictureGas facility, foreigners held hostage by militants in Algeria
For sure it's a mess, rumor is terrorists might still have some hostages, I guess, they moved them somewhere else. Looks also like Algerian forces went in with guns blazing.....
nico @ 2013-01-17 15:06:05
nico pictureGas facility, foreigners held hostage by militants in Algeria
I have heard conflicting accounts: hope as many people as possible made it out alive.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/17/algeria-hostage-freed-escape-killed-al-qaeda_n_2496079.html
nico @ 2013-01-15 16:53:13
nico pictureMig Parking Lot
nico @ 2013-01-14 17:25:09
nico pictureChina's Mystery Complex
nico @ 2013-01-10 20:43:35
nico pictureChina's Mystery Complex
My inclination would be to say it's civilian. Doesn't appear to be any type of fencing, guards,gates,etc that would denote a military base. There's a military base about 15 kl SE of the mystery location, Chinese could easily expand that base...
nico @ 2013-01-04 19:08:31
nico pictureDestroyed gas/petrol station-Syria
As far as I can tell, this is the one gas station in Barzeh al-Balad district with 4 small concrete posts and metallic bars like the ones in the picture. I found what looks like a car garage and another gas station but they didn't have the fence.
nico @ 2013-01-01 15:42:15
nico pictureAl Khazneh - The Treasury
Was there in May 2012, was really awesome. Would love to go back and spend a couple days as the site was bigger than I thought.
nico @ 2012-12-18 18:16:11
nico pictureCensored military site
The US site seems bigger, although there is another site just north that also is censored. These 3 sites could be of similar use to the US counter part.
nico @ 2012-12-18 15:38:25
nico pictureWorld's biggest standalone building in construction
http://www.gochengdoo.com/en/blog/item/1872/chengdu_to_build_worlds_biggest_standalone_complex

I was there in August, they were still working on it, most of it is complete. It is huge!
nico @ 2012-11-25 20:19:38
nico pictureClean up of destroyed hangars
Look just to the dirt lot next to the cleaned up "hangars" or buildings and you see about 100 tanks/IFVs that more than likely were under there. Some of them seemed to be damaged but it is possible that some can be repaired or cannibalized for parts.
nico @ 2012-11-25 19:58:12
nico pictureAzaz Mosque Destroyed
I don't know for sure if this is the same mosque but it seems like it. Apparently it was destroyed by the rebels, without going into religion/politics, I do find it disturbing that they seem to rejoice at destroying this mosque.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c63_1353633490
nico @ 2012-11-24 14:34:31
nico pictureA7s
As far as I know, the A7s are still flying until the end of the year.

http://armscontrol.eu/2012/09/hellenic-air-force-a-7-corsairs-are-about-to-be-withdrawn-from-active-duty/

I think the base serves as a regular flying base and storage.
nico @ 2012-11-22 18:58:21
nico picturePower plant
Don't know. There is a train station and what looks like a water cleaning plant nearby. Looks like a lot of industrial activity.
nico @ 2012-11-22 15:04:41
nico pictureSandy Island
Has it been censored and why?
nico @ 2012-11-21 18:49:38
nico pictureMilitary site
Probably right, looking thru the internet sites, it was said that a SAM P /ASTOR SAM battery was located at Mont de Marsan, thought it could be that.
nico @ 2012-11-18 21:14:27
nico pictureArt work by Janet Echelman
There is a picture in azcentral at night, it is pretty but it does have a tendency to be a bit discrete.
nico @ 2012-11-18 20:18:55
nico pictureAirplane in flight
Google Earth 2/22/2012
nico @ 2012-11-18 20:10:24
nico pictureAirliner taking off
Picture from GE 11/13/2011.
nico @ 2012-11-18 20:09:42
nico pictureC17s
Picture from GE 11/13/2011.
nico @ 2012-11-18 20:06:19
nico pictureRadar site
The picture in GE was taken in 2007 and is a lot brighter. The GM image is newer, there is a small round structure not present in GE picture but the colors are all green.
nico @ 2012-11-13 17:11:31
nico pictureBunker finished
I think the Chinese use this range for far more than just bombing. The square black and white blocks have been moved into a different configuration and don't appear to be damaged. Supposedly, these are used to test new radar spy satellites for calibration purposes. It will be interesting to see if Chinese will bomb those new bunkers to test new PGMs.
nico @ 2012-11-13 17:01:58
nico pictureBunkers
I was kind of surprised, I always hear that RAF sends 4 jets. They had some old F4s after the war, then Tornado ADV which have been replaced by new Euro-fighters. The installations are obviously quite large and can support far more than the 4 jets RAF keeps saying the send to the Falklands!
nico @ 2012-11-13 16:59:11
nico pictureKC135
There was an air show so can't tell if it is Chilean but their air force operates 3 KC135Es.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilean_Air_Force

It looks like an older model, no CFM56 engines.
nico @ 2012-11-10 18:30:27
nico picture7 F15s
There was a crash that killed 4 SF's soldiers early in 2012. Original story said they were flying back from Afghanistan!

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/02/spy-plane-crash-africa/
nico @ 2012-10-31 11:09:27
nico pictureAzaz Mosque Destroyed
Great find! I am starting to work on Syria conflict. I hope to put up some posts on damages soon. Too bad Google earth hasn't updated some new images on Syria. Got my first negative comment the other day, guessing from someone that only enjoys celebrity houses.
nico @ 2012-10-29 18:41:17
nico pictureMortars
I forgot to include the link, my bad, it is a little bit more obvious in the early imagery than 2012 images.

Look at page April 15:

http://board-temporary.blogspot.dk/2012/04/mortar-position.html
nico @ 2012-10-24 12:40:51
nico pictureArmed SAM Site
Nice find!
nico @ 2012-10-19 21:45:04
nico pictureSoccer (Football) Field
Nice!