CHINESE MILITARY BASE BUILDS MOUNTAIN RANGE IN MINIATURE
BECAUSE THEY CAN!
The always excellent 'The Register' has more of these amazing images picked up by a dedicated Google Earther.
The first image shows a Chinese military base, next to which has been constructed a mind-blowing model of a mountainous section of the China-India border.
As you can see in the comparison images below, showing the a close-up of the model and the real location, the attention to detail is absolutely extraordinary.
One theory goes that Chinese military use the model for the training of helicopter pilots. Presumably they fly over the model to gain familiarity with the terrain of the real location.
The benefit of using a model for such training is they don't actually need to send helicopters over the real location which might stir up the military of India.
The US Airforce, and Australia during World War 2, have also used models of real locations to train pilots, but I've never seen anything with such attention to detail.
Imagine walking around the model? You'd feel like you were forty foot tall.
Truly, truly awesome.
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