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cthippo @ 2018-03-17 16:29:09
cthippo pictureRichmond CA shipwreck
@anonymous, there are at least two two other wrecks towards the shore from this one and I think one of them is the City of San Rafael. The lines on this just aren't consistent with a Sidewheeler. Thanks for the info and the link though. It's always nice when you can put a name to a wreck!
cthippo @ 2017-09-04 15:09:52
cthippo pictureRichmond CA shipwreck
@anonymus, If true, that's a big deal (in my world anyway, pretty sure no one else cares ;) )!

Can you share your source for that?
cthippo @ 2017-02-24 01:43:51
cthippo pictureSunken Ship
That's the remains of the US Coast Guard cutter Onandaga, WPG-79

cthippo @ 2011-01-26 23:58:02
cthippo pictureOdd Bird
Fire rescue training prop maybe?
cthippo @ 2011-01-26 23:56:29
cthippo pictureCable or pipe laying ship (?)
It could be a cable ship, but I suspect it's more likely to be a fishing factory trawler. Many times they ass those sponsons on to existing ships to increase stability and carrying capacity.
cthippo @ 2011-01-26 23:48:30
cthippo pictureFrench C-135 with one white wing (?)
Probably undergoing maintenance. Everything needs a coat of paint once in a while.

The facility is Istres-Le Tubé Air Base near Marseille. The base is home to Mirage 2000N strike fighters and KC135 tankers, as well as serving as a storage facility for the ASMP nuclear tipped missiles for the Mirages.

The site is censored in Google and Bing, but not Yahoo.
cthippo @ 2011-01-26 23:31:31
cthippo pictureShip Shape Building
The former liberty ship Albert M Boe was brought to Kodiak AK and planted on shore to serve as a cannery after the original building was destroyed in the earthquake.

Link below has a photo and some info.

cthippo @ 2011-01-26 22:55:41
cthippo pictureShip with Helipad Southwest of Holly Beach
It's gone from the most recent imagery, but looks like some sort of oilfield support vessel.
cthippo @ 2011-01-26 22:53:55
cthippo pictureNorth Korean Radio Telescope (?)
Looks like a water tower to me.
cthippo @ 2011-01-26 22:52:49
cthippo pictureSatellite ground station
It's the US Navy Electronics Lab radio telescope at Pt. Loma

cthippo @ 2011-01-26 22:46:38
cthippo pictureSecure facility
psych hospital or prison. Whatever it is it's designed to keep people in, not out.
cthippo @ 2011-01-26 22:44:21
cthippo pictureWeapon systems mock ups (?)
Targets for the Marine Corps Air station no doubt.
cthippo @ 2011-01-26 22:35:52
cthippo pictureMiGs and Friends at Khrabrovo (Храброво) Airbase
I don't see any MiGs, but ther are a number of Antanov AN-26 what I believe are Tupelov Tu-126 transports.
cthippo @ 2011-01-26 22:30:22
cthippo pictureLarge Russian Helicopter at Yelizovo
There are a couple of Antanov 72s on the apron and a couple of what look like KA-50 attack helicopters.
cthippo @ 2011-01-26 22:27:27
cthippo pictureUnusual remains - communications site?
Well perhaps then?

Seems reasonable.
cthippo @ 2011-01-26 22:18:39
cthippo pictureVehicle in fire in Grozny
It's not the right color for smoke, at least not from a burning vehicle.

My instinct is dust from plowing.
cthippo @ 2011-01-26 22:16:07
cthippo pictureConcorde nose
It's a Nike Ajax missile. Probably a static display since they were removed from service in the 60s
cthippo @ 2011-01-26 22:03:12
cthippo pictureUS flag on a locomotive.
That's a Union Pacific ES44AC if anyone cares.
cthippo @ 2011-01-26 21:59:47
cthippo pictureMedical Helicopter
That's one of Airlift Northwest's Agusta 109s. Since this was taken they have upgraded to Eurocopter EC135s
cthippo @ 2011-01-07 19:58:27
cthippo pictureSikorsky S-64 Skycrane
Belongs to Erickson Aircrane of Central Point OR. Probably on charter to Cal Fire.
cthippo @ 2010-12-25 00:12:22
cthippo pictureDeliberately Censored
It's a chemical plant of some ilk, plastics maybe.

After 9-11 they went crazy and censored all sorts of random stuff on GM, especially in NY. I don't think anyone hasstarted the process of un-censoring them.
cthippo @ 2010-12-25 00:09:57
cthippo pictureAbandoned Rail Cars
I was there back in 1999 and I have pictures somewhere, but I haven't found them yet. Will post when I do!
cthippo @ 2010-12-24 20:39:50
cthippo pictureMigs
There's also an Aero L-29 in the field with them.
cthippo @ 2010-12-24 20:39:05
cthippo pictureMigs
MiG 17s by the look of it
cthippo @ 2010-12-14 18:48:35
cthippo pictureSpecial Part
I think it's some sort of part for a large industrial plant. Looks similar to pressurizers used for nuclear reactors or various towers at refineries.
cthippo @ 2010-10-31 18:47:33
cthippo pictureCensored City
Now un-censored. Maybe someone made an oops
cthippo @ 2010-10-31 18:10:55
cthippo pictureSecure Area Whiteman AFB
Aerial photo on Wikipedia from 1996 doesn't appear to show that facility.

Whiteman is a B-2 base for the 509th bomb group and while it could be related to the special needs of that aircraft, it's location across from the baseball fields seems a bit, um, insecure. There is also a separate, secure, weapons storage area at Whiteman, which argues against it being something super secure.

Post stockade, maybe?
cthippo @ 2010-10-31 17:53:16
cthippo pictureTien Shan Observatory (censored?)
It looks like it is, but I can't see a reason for it. They operate part of the facility has a tourist hotel. Maybe just a stitching error.
cthippo @ 2010-10-31 17:45:33
cthippo pictureCensored
Stony Brook is part of Westover AFB and was used for nuclear weapons storage and maintenance up until about the late 60's. In 1979 the entire base was handed over to the reserves. The Stony Brook portion was sold off and the nuclear weapons facilities are now owned by the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company.

cthippo @ 2010-09-20 19:01:59
cthippo pictureOdd structure straddling canal
Probably footings for old power lines. They had to be kept high to allow boats to pass under.
cthippo @ 2010-09-20 18:58:40
cthippo pictureSpecial Tower
Water tower, those are common in flat areas where they can't put the reservoir up in the hills, so they pump the water up into one of those and let gravity pressurize it. The facility it was attached to is now gone.
cthippo @ 2010-09-20 18:33:44
cthippo pictureWhy is there bomb damage at this Saudi facility?
Looks like the roof collapsed between the support trusses in a fire. Bomb damage would not be so orderly.
cthippo @ 2010-09-20 18:31:17
cthippo pictureTown planning?
Current imagery shows buildings going in
cthippo @ 2010-09-20 18:23:35
cthippo pictureRemnants of RAF Castle Camps ?
The coordinates on this website say yes:

cthippo @ 2010-09-20 18:18:39
cthippo pictureStrange trace in the desert
Maybe. Could also be an area of exposed black soil that is being blown in the wind. I don't see any roads or infrastructure that would suggest a well site.
cthippo @ 2010-09-20 18:17:06
cthippo pictureBurned out Buildings, Russian Fighters at Anadyr/Ugolny Air Base
There is no activity on what appears to be the military side of the airfield, but what appears to be the civil side is active. Also, the SU-21 was an interceptor and the base is located close to the East coast of Russia, so perhaps a former, but now abandoned base?
cthippo @ 2010-09-20 18:09:30
cthippo picture3 Crosses
Look like fish pens to me
cthippo @ 2010-09-20 18:08:47
cthippo pictureFenced-in area with aircraft remains
Probably just a junkyard.
cthippo @ 2010-09-20 18:08:06
cthippo pictureMiGs(?) at Chkalovsk/Lyublino-Novoye (Чкаловск/Люблино-Новое) Airbase
Currently SU-27 "Flankers" and SU-24 "Fencers", plus a bunch of MI-8/12 helos
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 04:36:16
cthippo pictureLeaching process
According to Google Maps that is the Nugent Sand Company, so most likely they are pumping sand slurry out of the lake and letting the water run off the pad.
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 04:32:55
cthippo pictureGiant bug at NASA
Some kind if inflatable shelter. The "legs" are hoses running from fans.
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 04:31:01
cthippo pictureC-27 or C-130 in Iran?
The Iranian Air Force operates at least 15 C-130E and -H models, as well as a single RC-130.

The above poster is correct, that is the one-off AEW-AWACS Il-76 "ADNAN 1" prototype that was flown to Iran during the 1991 Gulf war.

cthippo @ 2010-09-18 04:23:19
cthippo pictureStrange test pad at Dugway Proving Grounds
Very likely is, or was, a chemical or biological warfare test range. Dugway still does agent testing and dispersal tests. Most likely the agent, whether real or simulated, is released at the south end of the range and monitors are placed at the ends of the points for cloud dispersal monitoring.
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 04:10:00
cthippo pictureStrange Graphic
I'm going with housing development under construction. The lot shapes and sizes are consistent with new construction, and it is close to an urban center.
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 04:06:23
cthippo pictureBlue Path near Lake Abaya
Pumping station for irrigation?
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 04:04:23
cthippo pictureWhale?
Low resolution image of a boat under way
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 04:03:04
cthippo pictureCement Carrier or LNG Ship Docked at Akranes
No, it's the Icelandic cement carrier SKEIÐFAXI

Info here:

cthippo @ 2010-09-18 03:57:40
cthippo picturePlanes
The facility is probably part of Fort Huachuca, which houses the Army intelligence center and the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command.
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 03:50:26
cthippo pictureGreen Square in Australia
It's directly south of the Bauxite plant, so probably somehow related.
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 03:48:06
cthippo pictureLots of something
They look like the crates you ship vegetables in. In Google there isn't a street view, but a Panaramio picture that shows them having plastic bags on top of the crates.

I'll bet they're empty and stored for future use.
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 03:30:09
cthippo pictureTrimaran
I'll vote for broken. Also note her mast is down, which is uncommon for a boat that is in the water.
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 02:55:39
cthippo pictureStar in a ring
Definatly a former SAM site. The number of launchers per site would vary depending on the capabilities of the guidance radar and how many missiles we carried by each launcher. The 6 launcher type were for SA2 missiles which only had a single missile on each launcher. Not sure what type these may gave been.
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 02:43:03
cthippo pictureUnderwater Explosion
Outlet, you're seeing water being pushed out of a pipe into the sea. Think of a hot tub jet.
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 02:22:25
cthippo pictureUnusual secure Air Force facility
I think it's the motor pool / maintenance facility for the training facility. you have a bunch of doors that look like they're for a motor pool, and a large number of storage containers around the periphery. The silo looking this is probably the base of an old fuel tank which has been removed.

The fact that there are a number of privately owned vehicles inside the perimeter argues against it being a highly secure facility.
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 02:09:23
cthippo pictureBullseye ?
Honestly, it looks like a tent.

Note the radial supports holding it up and the fact that it appears to be suspended off the ground.
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 02:05:06
cthippo pictureUnknown Aircraft at Sondok
I'm not sure it's not a tower of some sort. Seems to be throwing a fairly large shadow, but it's hard to tell at this resolution.
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 02:01:51
cthippo pictureVery secure compound (censored)
Very secure doesn't begin to cover it. There is a further outer perimeter beyond what is seen in the original images. I don't think it's a house, the flat roof lines look more commercial to me, so almost certainly government.

Given it's proximity to a military airfield, I'm going to go with command and control facility, possibly air defense coordination center.
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 01:45:00
cthippo pictureNorth Korean Nuclear Reactor Under Construction in Soho-Ri
It's the Kumho Nuclear power plant which was to consist of two light water reactors being built with international assistance. Work ceased in 2006.


cthippo @ 2010-09-18 01:13:50
cthippo pictureBarge in tow(?) in Clarence Strait
No, the barge is being towed. These kinds of line lengths are not uncommon in ocean towing
cthippo @ 2010-09-18 01:02:29
cthippo pictureMissile launchers on display
It's the Muzeum Wojska Polskiego or Polish Army Museum.


The specific missiles in the thumbnail are a SCUD and a SA2 Guideline
cthippo @ 2010-09-06 01:09:30
cthippo pictureTexas City Disaster Site
Fire began aboard the S.S. Grandcamp, a bulk freighter which had been loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer bound for Europe as part of the Marshall Plan. The Texas City FD responded and attempted to extinguish the fire, and when that didn't work they sealed the hatches and pumped in steal to displace the oxygen in the holds.

Two days later the ship exploded and destroyed most of the Texas City waterfront, killed the entire fire department, and set another ship loaded with...
cthippo @ 2010-09-06 00:46:46
cthippo pictureGiant tent over a radioactive cleanup site
First hand account of working at the MCL:

Description of work from the FAS (look for Technical Operations Division):
cthippo @ 2010-09-06 00:26:25
cthippo pictureWestern State Hospital Ruins
Western State is still in use as a state mental hospital and is visible due north of this location.
cthippo @ 2010-09-05 23:24:50
cthippo pictureLandsdown Train Ferry (now sunken)
Skytops, not beavertails, and I hope to god someone salvaged those!
cthippo @ 2010-09-05 23:20:47
cthippo pictureTrains in bunkers at Concord Naval Weapons Station
Probably so that if they blow up they don't take half the place with them. Sometime back in the late 60's a trainload of bombs headed for Vietnam went up in a railyard and they're still finding pieces of bombs, and even some whole ones, today.
cthippo @ 2010-09-05 23:08:18
cthippo pictureMoments before Disaster
if it didn't, it sure is banking steeply, and close to the water!

Looks like a Boeing 727 from here.
cthippo @ 2010-09-03 17:14:13
cthippo pictureDemolished railroad roundhouse foundation?
No doubt a former roundhouse.

Info on it here and pictures before it was demolished.

cthippo @ 2010-09-01 23:26:43
cthippo pictureFort Detrick Building 470 (Dismantled in 2003)
If you look to the upper right of the image you will see a silver sphere in the courtyard of a building. This is the million liter sphere, commonly known as the "8-ball" where live biological warfare agent tests were conducted on animals and human volunteers.
cthippo @ 2010-09-01 23:19:59
cthippo pictureWind tunnel beside censored area
And the best part is that judging by the link alfjon provided, the place is now abandoned. Good thing they kept that secret!
cthippo @ 2010-09-01 23:04:54
cthippo pictureHAARP Ionic Research Facility Array
I like the reverse censorship :D

Everything around the facility is blurry (lo res images), but the antenna array itself is clear!
cthippo @ 2010-09-01 22:36:46
cthippo picture2001-09-21 - AZF explosion crater
I recall reading somewhere that it was caused by an incompatible chemical being mistaken for ammonium nitrate and dumped onto one of the piles of AN. The two slowly reacted in the presence of water until the autoignnition temperature was reached and, well, the rest is a hole in the ground.
cthippo @ 2010-09-01 21:15:25
cthippo pictureSecure Facillity near China's Jiuquan Launch Site
Hard to say what it is, but it's located only a few kilometers from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center so I would guess it might be related. There are two lines of blue railcars, many of them concealed under sheds. The sheds are too narrow to work on the cars, so they are probably for either shelter or concealment. If you look at the cars on the upper track near the building and compare them to the others on the same track, some of them appear to be open, with some sort of hatch the seems...
cthippo @ 2010-09-01 20:27:17
cthippo pictureTAGS 45 'Waters'
It's also normal to wrap portions of the vessel when it is undergoing maintenance to prevent damage to sensitive equipment. I've seen them wrap the antenna masts on Coast Guard buoy tenders (hardly the most secret of ships) while undergoing maintenance.
cthippo @ 2010-09-01 20:24:03
cthippo pictureEareckson Air Station
That's where you get sent when you really screw up!
cthippo @ 2010-09-01 20:21:50
cthippo pictureStrange Mini-planes in North Korea
Probably target drones for anti-aircraft gunnery training.
cthippo @ 2010-09-01 20:19:34
cthippo pictureCovert spy station
Those small white dots to the right of the facility are part of the top secret Special High EMP Evaluation Project (Project SHEEP)
cthippo @ 2010-09-01 19:29:41
cthippo pictureEilabun / Ilabun - Israeli tactical nuclear weapons storage
Hard to say for sure, but it looks like there might be a small amount of censorship on the upper two bunkers of the central row.
cthippo @ 2010-09-01 17:07:44
cthippo pictureJANET Airlines
They do in fact have N numbers and are registered to the Dept of the Air Force.

Full details on the fleet here:

cthippo @ 2010-09-01 16:49:11
cthippo pictureCamp Le Monier
judging by the aircraft parked there, it defiantly looks like a special Forces base. The helos are H-53s, probably the MH-53J special Operations variant and the C-130s are also spec ops versions (Look at the nose profile). The white birds ate P-3 anti-submarine aircraft, which make sense given the location.
cthippo @ 2010-09-01 16:40:33
cthippo pictureSecret U.S. Navy Site
At least one site identifies this as a communications node, and the presence of the three backup generators would tend to support that.

cthippo @ 2010-09-01 16:24:53
cthippo pictureAN/FRD-10 HFDF
I was out there today and there is absolutely nothing visible from ground level. The locals use the site as a dump and occasionally a shooting range.
cthippo @ 2010-09-01 15:57:05
cthippo pictureUnidentified Radar Cross Section (RCS) range
Given it's proximity to Ft. Worth and the fact that the Burns & McDonnell RCS range at the Lockheed-Martin plant appears to no longer be in service, I would guess that this is used by Lockheed.
cthippo @ 2010-08-31 01:07:23
cthippo pictureThe town that doesn't exist
It's not the only one. Google "Oil City WA" and you'll see another town that never existed, but still shows up on every map I've seen.
cthippo @ 2010-08-31 00:51:24
cthippo pictureBig ship LPG
It's actually LPG, as in Liquefied Petroleum Gas.

Don't you wish all ships came with a description of what's inside? :D
cthippo @ 2010-08-31 00:28:43
cthippo picturePlatform in harbour
Probably fish pens
cthippo @ 2010-08-31 00:24:51
cthippo pictureCensored zone
The one to the right looks like a radar site and is connected by a road to the lower one, which is likely the command / operational center of the facility.
cthippo @ 2010-08-31 00:12:14
cthippo pictureCensored Area
I have no idea what they're trying to hide. It just looks like apartments on street view.
cthippo @ 2010-08-30 23:58:44
cthippo pictureCensored
Who are they trying to hide it from? The Russians doubtless know it's there, and even if they didn't you can't really hide HF transmissions. Seems like an exercise in paranoia.
cthippo @ 2010-08-30 00:24:07
cthippo pictureCape Arago Lighthouse
Cape Arago lighthouse is on an island off the Oregon coast just south of the treacherous Coos bay bar. The island can only be reached by the bridge in the pictures. The light has since been automated, and the Coast Guard uses a helicopter to visit it.
cthippo @ 2010-08-30 00:15:19
cthippo pictureShip being assembled one segment at a time
That's a barge being assembled at the Gunderson Yard on the Willamette River.
cthippo @ 2010-08-30 00:13:27
cthippo pictureUnion Pacific Train Bridge
That's actually the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Columbia River Bridge, originally built by the Northern Pacific RR. Union Pacific has trackage rights over the BNSF line from Portland to Seattle.
cthippo @ 2010-08-30 00:09:33
cthippo pictureAero Spacelines 377MG Mini-Guppy
I think that one is now owned by Erickson Aircrane of Central Point OR and is used for transporting disassembled CH-54 Skycrane helicopters to remote operating locations. The Tillamook museum is owned by Jack Erickson, founder of the company.
cthippo @ 2010-08-30 00:03:16
cthippo pictureBarge
This area is used as an anchorage for ships waiting to load at the grain terminal just east of this location. If you look to the right you can see the terminal on the north bank just before the Bridge.
cthippo @ 2010-08-22 19:54:38
cthippo pictureCensorsed or Imaging Error?
No, but heavier brush concentrations in a gully that collects rainwater seems reasonable.

What's interesting is that there are lots and lots of classified things in Palmdale (Home of the Lockheed Skunk Works for example)
cthippo @ 2010-08-22 19:49:13
cthippo pictureCensored
Probably a holdover from the paranoid days after 9/11. The facility is being dismantled and sold off to developers.
cthippo @ 2010-08-22 19:28:11
cthippo pictureCensored
Like I've said in other posts, the effect of this sort of censorship makes it really obvious where, if not always what, they are hiding. Once again, what's hidden on Google is visible on Bing.

The fact that the weapons bunkers to the immediate south of the blurred area are not censored strongly infers that these may be the nuclear weapons bunkers. Is this the base that the protesters brok into a year or so back?
cthippo @ 2010-08-22 19:21:44
cthippo pictureVery good censoring job
I find it interesting that things that are censored on the Bing maps are almost always visible on the Google maps. Like you said, that is an impressive, if rather obvious, job of concealment.
cthippo @ 2010-08-22 19:18:48
cthippo pictureCensored area
According to Google those uninteresting buildings are actually the United Methodist Church. Defiantly a highly classified area there!
cthippo @ 2010-08-22 16:33:58
cthippo pictureSecret road to a secret base
The entire airport is also fuzzed out to a certain extent. Igloos sounds about right.

Interestingly enough, Google maps has street view for that road and it shows a preview, but will not show the actual street view. From the preview it looks like a open flat field, which is about right for a weapons storage site.

Wiki indicates that the airport is also a naval aviation base, which would explain the need for weapons storage.

I love how the...
cthippo @ 2010-08-22 15:24:50
cthippo pictureAirplane - SR-71
I think the T-38s are just painted on the tarmac. They don't throw a shadow, and all the T-38 chase planes I've seen were painted white.