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    9-9-2007
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STEVE FOSSETT HAS BEEN FOUND. THANK YOU EVERYONE!

YOUCHOOSE.NET OFFERS A $10,000 REWARD TO THE FIRST YOUCHOOSE MEMBER WHO PROVIDES INFORMATION LEADING TO THE RESCUE OF STEVE FOSSETT.  TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!  PLEASE READ ON: 

On Monday, September 3, 2007, Steve Fossett, the first person to fly a plane solo around the world without refueling and the first person to fly around the world in a balloon went missing in Nevada. An airplane he was flying failed to return. No one has any idea where he is.

Through the generous efforts of individuals at several organizations, detailed satellite imagery has been made available for his last known whereabouts.

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I believe that if we each take a little time looking at the satellite images and marking those that may have signs of Fossett in them, we could find him or determine what happened to him.

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also after you turn terrain on , the horizontal bar in the top right of your screen , (move mouse up there if you dont see it ) theres a slider to tilt the image on a planar angle .  Pretty cool software really , also control alt a turns it into a flight sim for all you pilots tho its a little bugyy .. works with my xbox 360 controller tho. Also when in normal mode Im able to scan around the maps rather quickly using the 360 controller , left and right trigger rotates the image, y button and A button zoom in and out etc .. some of these options you have to turn on in options of GE .

 Hey google, how about kicking us a copy of google earth plus????  I'd like to check out the gps features on it.

 38°35'42.08"N 118°51'41.96"W

looks like a plane...


 38°32'28.52"N 118°50'27.04"W

bright stuff on the ground wasn't there at the old one - opinions?

I assume you are refering to the small white retangle.  I was able to find it on the old images.  It was hard to find because the old image shifted over so I had to search a little.  It also seems too small to be a plane, it's only about 10 or 12 feet across.

Somewhere I read that SF departed from the Flying M Ranch to the SouthWest. Does anybody know if this is true???

Also his race car would need many miles of smooth flatland.  How to determine where the best flatlands are?

SF would have researched this info and planned his route accordingly.  With good data, it is  possible to intelligently guess his route of flight and search more efficiently.

Are geographic maps good enough to determine "flatness"?

turn terrain back on and it does a pretty good job to show flatness and height in mountains if thats what you are looking for. hope it helps.
K. James B - Well now its being reported he wasn't going to find a place to break his land speed record but just a pleasure flight and would return in 3 hours .. thruth is none of us know , he could be in area 51 or the bottom of a lake , we just have to try best we can I guess. :( but unless a native tribe with no communication is nursing him back to health chances are its been wayy too many days for survival.. though we did have an oregonian that was 72 last 2 weeks lately.

yes it seems there is a lot of hearsayand speculation but not any real solid intel at all, if no one who is responsible for this search is not going to use the information i provided on youtube to find this man, then whats needed here is a few new KML files of new areas and in particular the area north and NNE and NE  and maybe east as well of "pyramid lake". how do we get those kml files? the one KML file being used by amazon turk  is way too restrictive and based on questionable intelligence for an area to search as they truthfully really dont know where to search.

 I think they should check out my information that i provided if it doesnt workout so be it, but it shouldnt be disregarded because of personal beliefs about things is my view and thats why ithasnt been acted upon it seems

Why hasn't anyone considered that he may have headed east? Can you get those sites updated? I am sure that there had been a point to point of fuel consumption done ...why not look in all directions?
Now there are five "new image" overlays, from four KML links.

just curious what the &^&^ is this?

 40°13'34.01"N  120°57'7.40"W 

can email me godsdice89 at gmail dot com

seems to start at  40°14'15.59"N 120°57'2.58"W  and go directly south
Blurry flare effect while photograhping a fast flying airplane.
Jurgen - thanks for the reply . Thought it was kinda neat :)

 

To DAnne H.

I posted the following on 9/17 Monday:

 "To all GoogleEarth searchers:

The standard GEarth images are too old to show Steve Fossetts airplane; these images were taken by satellite long before Sep 3 2007.  To search for Fossetts airplane, you have to download NEW IMAGES from MTurk (http://www.mturk.com/ mturk/preview?groupId=9TSZK4G35XEZJZG21T 60)   by clicking on their KML file (http://s3.amazonaws.c om/Fossett-DG/DG/index.kml) .  This loads automatically at "Sidebar/Places/Temporary Places" in your GEarth.  If you dont search in the new image area, you are wasting your time.  PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS. 

Also, if you are searching within the new images area, you can use the slideswitch at the bottom of "Sidebar/Places" to vary the opacity of the new image, effectively switching between old and new. If the object of interest appears in both old and new, it cannot be Fossetts airplane, (unless the old images were shot after Sep 3, 2007.)  The new image area can be seen by backing out to a high eye altitude."

Sometimes it is necessary to cycle the checkmarks in "Places" on and off to get the slideswitch to work.

Also you can uncheck the boxes in "Places" that correspond to the KML overlays (new images) and the old images are displayed.

The three KML files that I know of are  http://s3.amazonaws.com/f ossett/geoeye-color.kml and  

 

Hi

I am using the KML file when searching...

 

 

Looks like something plane-shaped & white in a tree at 38°41'53.00"N 119°09'01.40"W.  Not in the old images.

There is definitely "some thing" at     38°32'46.56"N 119°10'38.84"W
Also more of "some thing" just above this at    38°32'47.09"N 119°10'38.73"W

 

I wish I knew how to compare the new images with the old one so I don't waste anyone's time.  If someone wants to tell me an easy way to toggle between new and old images of the area, please let me know!


 

 

Both "things" where there before. You can check and uncheck the layers in google earth to compare.
Jurgen please reference to whom you are referring .. ie which post. The wrong person may think you are talking to them. : )
my fault I had it on flat list instead of threaded.. just trying to help  :)

Im really not an a** in real life, just on the net.

have a great day! 

Possible crash and burn site.  I tried to submit this as a hit on Mturk but my time must have expired on that hit.  The older image is blurry so I can't tell if it was there before but it looks like a burn site on the newer image.    38°32'50.66"N 119°10'22.22"W

 

Possibly the wings of a plane   38 39 59.58,-119 07 37.68  Zoom in to about 1100 ft

 

 

Was there before (on the old layer).
I agree, sombody needs to take a closer look at this spot. Definitly has the shape to it and possible crater of impact next to it. My measurments came out to 23ft. in length and after looking at the pictures of the plane he was flying, the underside of the plane might be solid white. Tag this one!
The white image also shows up on the older pictures (before Fossett went missing) so this is might an older crash site that didn't get cleaned up.

I just received an update on the search from Jeff, a leader of the search crew in Nevada.  They have also requested that we compile a summary of all 'possibles' identified by you, our YouChoose members.  This will allow them to systematically follow up on any leads they may have missed in reading through our forum.

They've searched 17,000 square miles.  Air searches, despite being scaled back, continue to be carried out by Civil Air Patrol, National Guard and Hilton Flying M Ranch crews (which owned the Citabria Super Decathlon that was being flown by Fossett).  As many as 30 fixed wing aircraft and 24 helicopters have been in use.  Numerous sites have led to ground patrols, including leads provided by YouChoose members.  For example, we notified search crews on Sunday September 16, that one of our members, Michael R. had posted the following picture of an airplane part:

Try here. N38*46.174' W119*42.886' . This is where I found this http://www.fototime.com/1 67BA8A6411BDC8/standard.jpg . It was in the East Fork of the Carson River right where the hot spring drops into the Carson River. I found it around 3-4pm on Sept 3 and pulled it out of the river to take the picture. It was the only piece of aircraft around and looked like it had been there a while so I didn't think much of it when I got back from my trip. Also maybe of note that there was a smoke from a fire blowing toward me from the West the next morning (Sept 4th) around 8-10am from what seemed like a forest fire.

The search team sent in the ground pounders to check it out and determined that it was an old crash site.  So they are following up on our leads.  And specifically, that’s why they called us today.  To make sure that they have adequately pursued all the leads vetted by YouChoose members.

This search has been daunting.  Aircraft flying over dense wooded areas at 300 feet are unable to see anything on the ground.  Ground Pounders sent in are unable to see high into the tress.  It would be easy for an airplane to stay hidden for years in such an area.  In addition, the imagery provided by google on Mechanical Turk, although high definition pictures, can be easily misleading.  Jeff gave one example of a clear image showing an airplane tail section in a lake that upon ground inspection turned out to be a “series of white rocks in the lake.”

That said, many of the hits identified here on YouChoose have been well-vetted by multiple members.  We will be sending them an updated compilation of all reported hits.  And we will update you here on whatever feedback we receive.

And once again, thank you all for the great job you’ve been doing and for the super effort you’ve put in in this search.
For what it's worth, the part in the photo appears to be a main landing gear door (an educated guess!) off an all-aluminum, low wing aircraft. The Citabria is a fabric-covered, high wing aircraft.  Nonetheless,  if a wreckage (or part thereof) is not marked, it should be reported---it may solve somebody else's mystery!  

I am convinced they are searching in the wrong area trying to locate Fossett, and thats whgy they havnty found him I have a friend who has phenomonal abilites and i did a session with him on the 12 of sep 2007 at considerable expense to myself as he does this for a living and gets nothing but praise for his work , based on that I posted a video on you tube which i feel is correct and certainly better intel from my perspecive that what they have been working on which is essentailly no really good intel, Ive done searce and rescue flying planes myself in the military and know how hard that is..

I think they should view my video on you tube and give it consideration, i tried to get this information to the flying M ranch in writing but didnt have an email addy,

I am presntly uploading another video to explain "the why" of Steve fossett being in the area i suggested on the video, and the why is basically him wanting to fly up to the salt flats to check it out for his proposed coming land speed record there in oct. the you tube video is here http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=S8LMPrCYVl4 could be he got forced into the tress by katabatic winds or had an engine failure in a bad spot. I am convinced thats where they will find him but no wayof proving it unless they search there for a plane that broke apart on impact and he is found,.....it will  be hard to see..white glitter or spot in trees.  http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=S8LMPrCYVl4 

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