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Schnozzberry
Apr 13, 2005


http://goo.gl/maps/BRJd

I noticed this the other day looking at random stuff in satellite view. Just south of Dulles airport in NoVA there is a test track of some kind. I'm guessing its used by law enforcement because there seem to be a lot of cop-style cars parked inside the track. I would love to get on there and do a few laps on a motorcycle or sports car.

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ymgve
Jan 2, 2004




ActionExpress posted:

Thats actually on Coronado Island in San Diego,



This seems pretty weird unless you actually post the surroundings, where you have two airplanes on their way to bomb the swastika:

The Casualty
Sep 29, 2006
Security Clearance: Pop Secret


Whiny baby

Schnozzberry posted:

http://goo.gl/maps/BRJd

I noticed this the other day looking at random stuff in satellite view. Just south of Dulles airport in NoVA there is a test track of some kind. I'm guessing its used by law enforcement because there seem to be a lot of cop-style cars parked inside the track. I would love to get on there and do a few laps on a motorcycle or sports car.

Cool. Here's another one in San Fernando, CA.
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=34.29...6,0.004823&z=18

Jiro Kage
Aug 6, 2003

PICKLE SURPRISE!

ymgve posted:

This seems pretty weird unless you actually post the surroundings, where you have two airplanes on their way to bomb the swastika:


If you cross the road (http://goo.gl/maps/jsdn), you can see the are where all Navy SEALs go through part of their training. There used to be a few old helicopter shells southish of the link, but I don't see them anymore.

When I lived on Coronado and was stationed at North Island, we never considered this part of Coronado Island, and that the Silver Strand was a totally different area.

Jiro Kage fucked around with this message at Dec 6, 2010 around 21:00

Ser Pounce
Feb 9, 2010

In this world the weak are always victims of the strong

Megadyptes posted:

Came here to post something in the exact same area.

http://goo.gl/maps/FXVb

That double field line thing stretches away on either side for loving miles. When there's an obstruction like a river or something it stops nice and neat and then continues on the other side. It makes twists and turns, you lose track of it from time to time but it always reappears somewhere else along a bit. Came across that years ago on NASA WorldWind back before Google Earth was big and it's puzzled me since.

Hmm.. That line (199 miles) starts east of Novoil'inka 5333'26.58"N 7918'7.47"E and ends North east of Ilinka 5158'9.14"N 8223'5.45"E

Interestingly there is a second line (228miles) running pretty much parallel to that 40-60 miles south west starting just east of Burla 5320'11.71"N 7821'58.58"E ending just South West of Varsharva 5122'41.30"N 8143'6.62"E

Both line several intersect small towns along the way, I initially wondered if it was maybe an old train track route, there is a train track running right next to a good chunk of the southern line, or possibly initial forest clearance lines with towns spread along the route. But it could well be buried utilities and jet fuel pipelines or whathave you, built in good old fashion 3/4 mile wide soviet style.

dark_3y3
Sep 24, 2002

"Identity Crisis" Murderer.


Didn't see anyone post this one, but welcome to Centralia, PA. Lots of streets, but almost nothing is left. If you aren't familiar with Centralia and the underground inferno that turned it into a ghost town, check this out http://www.offroaders.com/album/centralia/centralia.htm

Mister Roboto
Jun 15, 2009

I SWING BY AUNT MAY's
FOR A SHOWER AND A
BITE, MOST NATURAL
THING IN THE WORLD,
ASSUMING SHE'S
NOT HOME...

...AND I
FIND HER IN BED
WITH MY
FATHER, AND THE
TWO OF THEM
ARE...ARE...

...AAAAAAAAUUUUGH!

dark_3y3 posted:

Didn't see anyone post this one, but welcome to Centralia, PA. Lots of streets, but almost nothing is left. If you aren't familiar with Centralia and the underground inferno that turned it into a ghost town, check this out http://www.offroaders.com/album/centralia/centralia.htm

There's two strangely green and healthy-looking lawns in that grid of brown, dead land...what are those?

withak
Jan 15, 2003

F != m * a

The handful of people who refuse to leave.

Earwicker
Jan 6, 2003



I kind of doubt there is a single person on SA who is unfamiliar with Centralia, PA at this point.

Ograbme
Jul 26, 2003

D--n it, how he nicks 'em

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sou...006899&t=h&z=17
A string of little oval-shaped outposts and trenches left over from the British Commonwealth defense of Tobruk. There must be a hundred of them about 600-800 yards apart.

Blimpkin
Dec 28, 2003


Earwicker posted:

I kind of doubt there is a single person on SA who is unfamiliar with Centralia, PA at this point.

I was secretly hoping for stacks of smoke coming up from the grouns, but can't see any

The Scientist
Nov 6, 2009

Good news everybody!

Ograbme posted:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sou...006899&t=h&z=17
A string of little oval-shaped outposts and trenches left over from the British Commonwealth defense of Tobruk. There must be a hundred of them about 600-800 yards apart.

Hey this is really cool. I've been here in Battlefield 1942.

What is the difference between old British Empire stuff and the "British Commonwealth"?




Check out Kennedy Space Center


The view starts focused on the giant VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building), the Launch Control Room (where the software the hits the "button" that launches the shuttle is), and the turn basin, where the only 2 ships owned by NASA bring the SRB's (Solid Rocket Boosters) that they recover from out in the Atlantic after they're jettisoned during the launch. If you move out towards the coast of the Atlantic, you'll see a huge row of ancient Launch Pads, from all the way back to pre-mercury days. I betcha didn't know there were so many pads out there.

There is actually an even better, and cooler image, of one of the current shuttle pads (that was formerly one of the Saturn IV pads for the Apollo program): Eh, its in here some where You know what, just look at this whole list cause they're all awesome

The Scientist fucked around with this message at Dec 9, 2010 around 14:00

Real Name Grover
Feb 13, 2002

I said bend over

This thread is awesome so I'll help keep it alive:

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=...008669&t=h&z=17

Random nursery/grove on the edge of a state recreation area in Lincoln, NE. Looks like somebody planted some "1XXX" - if that's a 1 and a 9, maybe a year?

jagdtiger00
Jul 20, 2007



The SARS Volta posted:

This thread is awesome so I'll help keep it alive:

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=...008669&t=h&z=17

Random nursery/grove on the edge of a state recreation area in Lincoln, NE. Looks like somebody planted some "1XXX" - if that's a 1 and a 9, maybe a year?

Looks vaguely like 1963 to me

Ser Pounce
Feb 9, 2010

In this world the weak are always victims of the strong

The Scientist posted:

Hey this is really cool. I've been here in Battlefield 1942.

What is the difference between old British Empire stuff and the "British Commonwealth"?


Empire was directly controlled, Commonwealth states were Dominion/self governing colonies, in WWII Commonwealth troops were Canadian, South African, Australians and New Zealanders. The rest would have technically been Empire troops.

The Empire as a whole morphed into the commonwealth as more and more of its territories were granted self government and complete legislative independence, now it even has a few countries who historically didn't belong to the Empire at all counted as members.

Slo-Tek
Jun 8, 2001



Skyworks posted:

It is likely a military airbase of some sort. I remember reading something years ago that stated they store the fighter aircraft inside hollowed out mountains to prevent them being bombed and just roll them out and take off.

Here is one of those. The China Air Museum at Datanshan is a formerly secret air-base drilled through the side of a mountain big enough to drive a 60's vintage intercontinental bomber through.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sou...012338&t=h&z=17

You can see the distintive hexagonal arrangement of an SA-2 Missile battery, as well as two TU-4 Bull strategic bombers that were copied from the American B-29, the TU-16 that dropped China's first Hydrogen bomb, three American built C-46 transports captured from the KMT, and more Mig 15's than you can shake a stick at.

Slo-Tek fucked around with this message at Dec 9, 2010 around 21:24

mds2
Apr 8, 2004

Merry Christmas, from Cyklone

jagdtiger00 posted:

Looks vaguely like 1963 to me

Looks like 1983 to me. I go fishing there quite a bit, I have to try to find out when it was built. 63 might make more sense given the size of the trees. Cool find, never new about it till now.

MisterOblivious
Mar 17, 2010


It's quite clear that it's 196Z.

The last digit sure looks like a 7 (look at the color of the foliage) to me but the third looks similar enough to the second that it may be 1997

torjus
Nov 22, 2005

I want YOU to MSPaint!

The SARS Volta posted:

This thread is awesome so I'll help keep it alive:

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=...008669&t=h&z=17

Random nursery/grove on the edge of a state recreation area in Lincoln, NE. Looks like somebody planted some "1XXX" - if that's a 1 and a 9, maybe a year?
It says 1967.

I actually used to take dancing classes just around that area, and we often did musical plays on a stage we built just in front of the trees. While we comfortably could fit about 2000 spectators, our record numbers came in 2003 when we did a rock version of the hit musical Annie (the one about the orphan kid) in front of a crowd of around 1400. I played the role of Daniel Francis "Rooster" Hannigan and got rave reviews in the local papers.
As a result I will star in the upcoming remake of the movie, albeit only as a dancer. Look for me in the background of "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile".

I almost forgot to tell you why it says 1967. That's simply the year the head of the dancing school, Ms. Andrews, was born. Dec. 19, 1967.

Actually, everything above this is a lie, except the year. I found the place on Bing, did some searching, and found what I think is the answer.

Biggus Dickus
May 18, 2005

Roadies know where to focus the spotlight.


One for UK soap fans:


Google Link

Edit: It's the exterior set for 'Emmerdale'.

Biggus Dickus fucked around with this message at Dec 10, 2010 around 15:52

Stuntcock
Oct 15, 2000

Annoyed, but NOT DEAD


The YOUNG ONES HOUSE

http://wikimapia.org/14479941/25-Br...oung-Ones-House

http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=51.4...isc&ct=api_logo

Skyworks
Oct 2, 2010

by angerbutt


Slo-Tek posted:

Here is one of those. The China Air Museum at Datanshan is a formerly secret air-base drilled through the side of a mountain big enough to drive a 60's vintage intercontinental bomber through.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sou...012338&t=h&z=17

You can see the distintive hexagonal arrangement of an SA-2 Missile battery, as well as two TU-4 Bull strategic bombers that were copied from the American B-29, the TU-16 that dropped China's first Hydrogen bomb, three American built C-46 transports captured from the KMT, and more Mig 15's than you can shake a stick at.

This sort of thing was prevelant when the accuracy of delivery systems was measured in miles rather than hunderds of metres. Burrow important stuff into the side of a mountain and it prevents some of the nasty things like overpressure (blown away) and thermal damage (lit on fire). Pretty good idea too, you need to hit it hard, repeatedly and at ground level. It is doubly effective as a groundburst is less desirable than an airburst when you are looking for the best bang for your buck, and the first hit throws so much crap up it makes hitting it repeatedly much harder.

Systems are more accurate now, so they don't use this defense. This makes places like this all the more cooler to find. Keep searching, once you know what to look for there is stuff like this everywhere left over from the bad old days.

Skyworks fucked around with this message at Dec 10, 2010 around 14:57

Real Name Grover
Feb 13, 2002

I said bend over

torjus posted:

Actually, everything above this is a lie, except the year. I found the place on Bing, did some searching, and found what I think is the answer.

Holy poo poo. I did some geocaching back in the day but never made it down there. Good work sir.

comaerror
Feb 11, 2008

I have a bad feeling about this...


http://maps.google.com/maps?q=61.26...1,0.026157&z=16

The Elephant Cage!

Only, not.

It's actually a signal intercept station.

spengler
Aug 25, 2004

a red scare
on a pale mare


the old Buffalo Central Terminal doesn't look as odd from the air as the ground, but it still conveys that sense of fallen empire and looks like a patch of eastern Europe in western NY. The shadow hints at how massive a structure it is, in what was once an urban center (and is now the sort of place you lock your car during daylight hours).

Hoeni
Dec 31, 2006
All I ever wanted.

Skyworks posted:

This makes places like this all the more cooler to find. Keep searching, once you know what to look for there is stuff like this everywhere left over from the bad old days.

Actually something like this is located very close to me: An 1980ies era cold war bunker depot from the US army, intended to provide flown-in divisions with ammo and other gear in case the soviet army ever broke through the nearby Fulda gap. You can still see the hockey stick shaped main road with the small bunkers nearby.
http://maps.google.de/maps?f=q&sour...021136&t=h&z=16

(And if you like stuff like that, here is a trip report I did when I went there a while ago. "MilEx" if you want to put it that way http://www.hoeni.de/pages/hobby_bunker_e.html - I still wonder if I should ever post a thread about visiting an abandoned fortress from the Maginot line, but its not really UrbEx and my pictures lack any artsy quality.)

Also this here is interesting maybe:
http://maps.google.de/maps?f=q&sour...010568&t=h&z=17

The combat blocks of a Maginot line fortress. Check out the Panoramio pics.

The Scientist
Nov 6, 2009

Good news everybody!

Hoeni posted:

(And if you like stuff like that, here is a trip report I did when I went there a while ago. "MilEx" if you want to put it that way http://www.hoeni.de/pages/hobby_bunker_e.html - I still wonder if I should ever post a thread about visiting an abandoned fortress from the Maginot line, but its not really UrbEx and my pictures lack any artsy quality.)

I'd be down to see this posted somewhere.

Skyworks
Oct 2, 2010

by angerbutt


The Scientist posted:

I'd be down to see this posted somewhere.

Not only is this interesting it is educational. Despite not hitting the urbex standards, I would love for you to post this.

Skyworks fucked around with this message at Dec 11, 2010 around 18:44

Oodles of Wootles
Nov 8, 2008

safe

BENZO FURRY posted:

the old Buffalo Central Terminal doesn't look as odd from the air as the ground, but it still conveys that sense of fallen empire and looks like a patch of eastern Europe in western NY. The shadow hints at how massive a structure it is, in what was once an urban center (and is now the sort of place you lock your car during daylight hours).

Sounds like the Train Depot in Detroit

shuriken
Dec 2, 2002


California City.

Hundreds of planned, named roads, and nothing on them. Take a look around in street view.

http://goo.gl/maps/Vokp

withak
Jan 15, 2003

F != m * a

It does have a go-cart track though.

Mister Roboto
Jun 15, 2009

I SWING BY AUNT MAY's
FOR A SHOWER AND A
BITE, MOST NATURAL
THING IN THE WORLD,
ASSUMING SHE'S
NOT HOME...

...AND I
FIND HER IN BED
WITH MY
FATHER, AND THE
TWO OF THEM
ARE...ARE...

...AAAAAAAAUUUUGH!

shuriken posted:

California City.

Hundreds of planned, named roads, and nothing on them. Take a look around in street view.

http://goo.gl/maps/Vokp


That is an interesting one, but I suppose if the city proper expected a lot of rapid growth, it makes sense to expand the road infrastructure first.

withak
Jan 15, 2003

F != m * a

Mister Roboto posted:

That is an interesting one, but I suppose if the city proper expected a lot of rapid growth, it makes sense to expand the road infrastructure first.

It's been like that for something like 50 years; I'm sure the tens of thousands of people dying to live in the desert will show up any day now.

Nuggan
Jul 17, 2006

Always rolling skulls.


Not really strange, but I thought it was fun.

Elephants and Giraffes in Pittsburgh

Chef Tony
Jun 13, 2005

The Miracle Blade will stay sharp the first time, the fourth time, everytime!

comaerror posted:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=61.26...1,0.026157&z=16

The Elephant Cage!

Only, not.

It's actually a signal intercept station.
There's one of these just south of the swastika building in San Diego.

http://goo.gl/maps/hitG

Plastic_Gargoyle
Aug 3, 2007
Injection-Molded

nurrwick posted:

I'm liking the ancient airfield just to the south of there.

On that note, this site is awesome:

http://airfields-freeman.com/

illicited
Oct 15, 2006

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization

withak posted:

It's been like that for something like 50 years; I'm sure the tens of thousands of people dying to live in the desert will show up any day now.

Perfect place to house pedophiles, since everyone is always crying we have no place to put them since California has laws against having them within a certain amount of feet from a school, and apparently there's very little places that qualify.

withak
Jan 15, 2003

F != m * a

They probably don't want to live in the middle of the desert either.

Frozen Horse
Aug 6, 2007
Just a humble wandering street philosopher.

withak posted:

They probably don't want to live in the middle of the desert either.

It is seriously an rear end-haul from anywhere. Essentially, in the 1960s, an urban planning professor decided that trends in growth suggested that the state was ripe for another big city. Naturally, he was the man to plan it and start development. His plan suffered only from having the only available land be three hours and a mountain range from either Los Angeles or Bakersfield, lacking in water, and devoid of any reason for people to live there or business to set up there aside from the fact that the land was cheap. Turns out that the land was cheap because it is worthless. Yet, it is also austerely beautiful and I am glad that it was not made into some sort of storage dump for either pedophiles or suburbanites.

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WilWheaton
Oct 11, 2006


withak posted:

It does have a go-cart track though.

A city that was planned on the premise of 'Build a go-cart track and they will come?'

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