While checking out locations in the Seattle area (where I’m vacationing), I noticed this photo offered on Windows Live Local (currently viewable here):
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I see three Essex-class carriers, two Iowa-class battleships, and the USS Midway (CVA 41). The battleships must be the New Jersey and the Missouri before their reactivation in the 80s, putting this photo between 1969 and 1982. But the Midway wasn’t retired until 1992, so I’m wondering what this pic is.
Note the stern of the carrier on the far right…it’s “bent” looking. At first I wondered if it might be the Antietam (the test-bed for the angled flight deck), but apparently not. I can’t figure out what ship that is. Does that help anyone?
I’m sure that there are many other clues for the knowledgeable readers of MO. I’m obviously guessing here, and rather badly as far as my internet research can show me. Let me know what you think (and why).
Once we get this one nailed down we’ll take a look at another older pic of the area, so be sure to check back.
I think we’ll be seeing services that not only show you aerial (or satellite) photos of a particular area, but of a particular area at a particular time. There have got to be warehouses of imagery available, and at some point someone will try to make money by publishing it.