So once again I’ve let myself get immersed in virtual distraction–though I tell myself it’s educational, and therefore okay and not, after all, a waste of time.
It is related to my deep fascination with the surface of this planet–likely the only one I will know at all well in this lifetime.
And so when I stumbled somehow across FlightRadar24.com’s real-time flight tracking web resource, I was in for the better part of an hour.
First amazement is the sheer number of winged metal tubes in the airspace over the US. [ I remember now that I got to the site from a news piece about the future visualization on the site of drones! ]
You can click on any given aircraft icon (they attempt to represent the size and model of the actual machines) it will give you the origin, destination, departure and arrival times, current speed and elevation.
What is way cool is that you can click the 3D button up top and it will have you looking down on the plane with its current terrain moving by beneath you. A small navigator window tell where the craft is in relation to major landmark cities and such.
I watched one land, and followed it all the way to the terminal. I did not, however, see anyone deplane so I hope they are not still sitting on the tarmac at Heathrow.