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Flying Car on Google Earth
Status: Undetermined
The Register has found what appears to be a flying car, captured by the satellite imagery of Google Earth. It's definitely either a flying car, a car parked alongside a dark-looking patch on the ground, a car-shaped object floating in the air... or maybe a UFO! The Register provides some screenshots of the object, but unfortunately no direct link. (Google Maps doesn't cover Australia, so you'll need the Google Earth program to see it). The mysterious object is located at Pt. Walter in Perth, Australia.

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Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 24, 2006
Its simply a light coloured car parked alongside a dark coloured car. Look closely, you can see both the front and rear windscreens.
Posted by Peeps  in  UK  on  Sun Jan 29, 2006  at  02:30 PM
Sorry C,
that is no billboard. Pictures of that area show nothing but grass in that area. Try again.
Posted by Alienmojo  in  Cheyenne Wyoming  on  Mon Jan 30, 2006  at  09:20 AM
I am very sure, it is a Kite start.
Look at the beach in the North, it is full of Kites.
Somebody is testing his Kite before he is going to fly, or to dry the Kite after the flight.
Some groundpictures in the following link are showing just sand and dust there.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/25/flying_car_launch_site/
Posted by Hendrik  in  Germany  on  Mon Jan 30, 2006  at  04:38 PM
I live only a few hundred metres from the location of this spectacular image near Pt Walter,in the Perth suburb of Bicton. There has never been a billboard in that area (though there is an information board with history of the area, a few metres away); usually it
Posted by Sarah  in  Bicton, Western Australia  on  Tue Jan 31, 2006  at  01:27 AM
that rocks! how can i convert my mustang into a flying mustang!
Posted by Joe  on  Tue Jan 31, 2006  at  02:52 AM
I wonder if it's something that Google Earth might have drawn in, just for fun or to check for people illegally copying their images?
Posted by Accipiter  on  Wed Feb 01, 2006  at  12:01 AM
Here in Australia, particularly downtown Bicton, we have plenty of kangaroos wandering the neighbourhood. All your theories are good ones but the real answer is that a giant kangaroo has been cornered in a shed without a floor and has escaped by bouncing away with it. Kangaroos can reach heights of 5m above the ground, so i can imagine that with a shed on it's head it could still manage about 4m or 12ft.
Posted by Croc Dundee  in  Oz  on  Wed Feb 01, 2006  at  12:11 AM
Yes I know all about the flying car,, It was designed to run on LP Gas, however the new owner inadvertently filled it with Helium Gas with startling results, as shown in the picture, if you look closely you can see the broken bowser hose still attached.
Posted by max leyland  in  cooloongup west australia  on  Wed Feb 01, 2006  at  12:58 AM
why would a black and white car park on the grass there? There are plenty of spare spaces in the carpark.
Posted by racy  in  perth  on  Wed Feb 01, 2006  at  01:31 AM
Croc Dundee: you wish!! there are no kangaroo's in Bicton. And there is no 'downtown Bicton' either.

As for why the cars didn't park in the carpark when there are plenty of space there: who knows!! but cars park there all the time so it's not out of the ordinary.
Posted by Sarah  in  Bicton, Western Australia  on  Wed Feb 01, 2006  at  03:49 AM
Easy one, guys...

When I lived in the Midwestern USA, we used to have a lot of junk yards and small-town car lots that used cars perched on metal poles 20 to 30ft high.

They used them as advertising signs.

From overhead, this would cause the "flying car" look.....
Posted by Jerry  on  Thu Feb 02, 2006  at  10:16 AM
Okay, living only a few kms from where this supposed flying car is, I decided to check it out, and there is nothing there that can explain it. There is no car on a pole, neither is there any explanation for why there appears to be a floating car in the picture.
It appeared in the newspaper the other day, but they could offer no explanation for it.
Posted by Azriel  in  Perth, WA  on  Fri Feb 03, 2006  at  08:26 AM
The flying car site has been photographed and documented. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/25/flying_car_launch_site/

A direct link is now available. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/23/flying_car.kmz

Continue theorising please =)
Posted by Xander  in  England  on  Mon Feb 06, 2006  at  09:33 AM
Here is what the object really is. The following was provided to me by a geologist colleague who lives in Perth. He takes his boat on the Swan River and has seen this "object" several times.

Quote: "The image is of a water tank on a stand which is about 20-ft tall.
Posted by steve craigg  in  atlanta, ga, usa  on  Thu Feb 09, 2006  at  11:08 AM
The image at: <http://www.hgfa.asn.au/~hgawa/sites/perth/slides/mossie-morgan.html> may give you an idea of what the flying car could be - it shows a paraglider with Point Walter (where the flying car is) in the background.
Posted by Michael  on  Thu Feb 09, 2006  at  02:44 PM
You see other cars around so people must also be there. If this were a flying car, don't you think those people would have seen it and we would have a better picture than this obscure, ambiguous picture from space, not to mention good old fashion eye witness accounts? I think it's probably an awning propped up on poles, but it definitely is NOT a flying car.
Posted by Hazen Talbott  in  Irvine  on  Thu Feb 23, 2006  at  03:32 PM
Hi, sorry for my english, I found a airplane flying over Buenos Aires city 32
Posted by LEAN  in  Buenos Aires, Argentina  on  Fri Feb 24, 2006  at  11:48 AM
I live in Perth - only about 25 mins to Bicton and dive there all the time - I will try to find this and verify it.
Posted by Peter Ivory-Moss  in  Perth  on  Sun Mar 05, 2006  at  10:17 PM
From The Register's article, the object no longer exists there today.

THE BLACK SPOT IS A SHADOW, NOT A BLACK CAR. From the Google Map, the black spot matches the shadows of the trees, look at the free-standing trees South East of the object (you have to look on Google Map, not the small section of the map shown in this article). The SHADOW is cast at exactly the same angle as the shadows cast by the trees, and about the same height. Folks, the REAL question is, what did the Billboard say? "Enjoy a Fosters"? Why don't we contact the Perth local government to find out what structure would've been licensened or permit given for that location.
Posted by Billboard Conspiracy  on  Tue Mar 07, 2006  at  09:43 AM
I work near the Nedlands Foreshore and I see Kite-Surfers beside the waters edge on many afternoons. My guess is that its a kite surfer testing or drying his kite near his car.
Posted by Fun Spolier  in  Perth  on  Wed Mar 22, 2006  at  06:21 AM
New 'hovering car' spotted, http://www.smh.com.au/news/breaking/new-hovering-car-mystery/2006/03/22/1142703405857.html
Posted by Iridium  in  Middlesbrough  on  Wed Mar 22, 2006  at  07:06 AM
That second one doesn't look as convincing as the first.
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Wed Mar 22, 2006  at  07:28 AM
It's aliens, man. Aliens.
Posted by Billboard Conspiracy  on  Wed Mar 22, 2006  at  11:17 AM
the flying car, may just be a lie. you would easly have a black car next to it as its shadow
Posted by laura  in  perth australia  on  Fri Mar 24, 2006  at  12:15 AM
I have an idea! I'll go to Australia, rent a dark black car, cover the windows in a non-reflective tarp, and park next to another car making sure to align my black car exactly with the sun so the other objects' shadows are matched perfectly. Then I'll just call my good freinds at Google Maps and tell them to align their satellites to take another snapshot of the same location! Who's with me?
Posted by Billboard Conspiracy  on  Fri Mar 24, 2006  at  12:37 AM
its a black and white car parked next to each other. when you compare this white car to the other cars in the parking lot, they're generally the same length and width. besides, Honda isn't releasing any flying cars until June 2007.
Posted by Anguirus  on  Fri Jun 09, 2006  at  10:32 PM
I found it! on my google earth, i located this so called "flying car." If anybody would like to see it and the surrounding area on their google earth, feel free to contact me at b***@aol.com and I will give you the latitude and longitude coordinates.
Posted by Scott  in  new york, usa  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  10:23 PM
Duh... It's Harry Potter gone out for a joy ride. Geez...
Posted by Teh  on  Fri Jun 16, 2006  at  11:03 PM
It is flying. To go to it just type

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Posted by Justin  in  Australia  on  Sat Jul 22, 2006  at  08:29 AM
Yup its gotto be a billboard
Posted by Cesar  in  Cali  on  Wed Sep 13, 2006  at  11:16 AM
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