Google maps are a great thing if you’re curious about the world around you. Usually when I hear of some spooky thing or other, I try to find it – because it’s interesting.
I’ll check back in a few months and we’ll see what Ash Sha’irat air force base looks like. [google]
When you zoom all the way in to the revetment in the center, you can see a pair of Su-22s parked out in the sun.
The revetment is not collapsed, it’s a double revetment; the line down the middle is the central support. These are intended to protect aircraft from strikes but if you put enough explosives into the open end, you’ll destroy anything soft – aircraft are pretty fragile, really.
This is what I expected to see when I went cruising for an American airfield in Syria. Which is why I was surprised to find nothing in any of the spots that have been flagged as the location. It’s not hard to identify a military airfield from a satellite picture – so either the US airfield is not there, or Google is taking orders from the US military.
For example, a google maps search for the air base at Incirlik in Turkey – doesn’t find anything. If you get the GPS coordinates off Wikipedia and punch them in, you get there. I’ve got someplace to be right now or I’d probably spend an hour going over every inch of the satellite imagery looking for an isolated armored building, with multiple security fences and a heavy vehicle access road; that’d be where the US nukes are (or were) stored. The ordnance depot is here. You can tell because of the berms in the front to diffuse the effects of an explosion if one of them has an oopsie. That’s a characteristic architecture of ordnance storage everywhere; I first encountered it when I was a kid, visiting civil war forts.