The Nellis Air Force Base 'Threat Center'

The Threat Center showcases opposition Anti Aircraft missiles, and other anti air threats so pilots can gain a better familiarity of what they are up against. Visible here are a Hind Helicopter, an SA-13 mobile missile launcher, six armored personnel carriers, various mobile anti aircraft artillery platforms, three fighter planes, and a number of very large surface to air missiles of all types placed horizontally on the ground.

This image illustrates just how nearly impossible it is to recognize missiles or other large threats on the ground from the resolution provided in Google' satellite imagery.

There is some great footage of the Threat Center in the new IMAX film on video: Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag
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kjfitz picture
@ 2005-10-25 16:34:02
You say, "This image illustrates just how nearly impossible it is to recognize missiles or other large threats on the ground from the resolution provided in Google' satellite imagery."

But I have to disagree. It goes to show how limited the views are in GOOGLE LOCAL (aka GOOGLE MAPS) but the same data viewed in Google Earth gives you something like 3x the magnificatin and those missiles, tanks and helos are quite clear.

Add an accurate scale with which to measure things and good references to with which compare those measurements, pay attention to shadows and support facilities and it is often very simple or at least not impossible to identify things given the resolution of these maps.
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@ 2005-10-25 18:35:58
Good points. I'm still waiting for Google Earth for the MAC, If there are any Google folks out there reading this, STEP ON IT, WILL YA?
voldude123 picture
@ 2007-05-13 22:41:02
I think that the USAF needs to try to get their hands on some real MIGs and Sukohis for aggressor training.

theres nothing better than the real thing.
Pdunn picture
@ 2007-05-14 06:07:10
Here's one of their MiG-29s

http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/24119/
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@ 2010-08-20 19:07:09
I have to agree with Kjfitz. You can, using proper technique, clearly figure out what is shown in the image. Of course there are some things which resolution and scale make it impossible to determine.

In this museum, not having been there myself, and just looking at what imagery is available, can see:

A Hind, Hip, MIM-23 Hawk, SA-5, SA-2, SA-3, SA-6, SA-11, SS-21 Scarab, T-80, BTR-60PB, BMP-1, BRDM-2 ATGM, MTLB, THIN SKIN B radar, FLAT FACE radar, LOW BLOW radar, S-60 AAA, 2S1, SA-3 Missile Transporter, Mig-29.....and many others.
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@ 2013-09-21 11:29:49
GM 45° imagery now available. Also the IMAX film on video: Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag is on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnONXuSXwP4