Merging Planes Illusion

This is a great optical illusion. Here we have a Lufthansa and a United 757 landing at the same time on parallel runways at the San Francisco International Airport. These two airplanes are separated by about 200 meters. Still looks impossible! Illusion of two merging planes in midair seems real because Jumbo being three times larger than the 757 and being behind – [via].


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33 Replies to “Merging Planes Illusion”

  1. I still can’t belevie no one is commenting on this illusion! This just doesn’t look possible to me. Is the second plane so big that it looks so close ?!

  2. Yes, the plane is almost 3 to 4 times larger than the one in th front. You will notice thou how the fuselages look the same size at mid point of the front but clear the front of the plane in the back is a 2 story behemoth.

  3. Erwin, this (4 miles) separation is not about side by side, but about one after another. And anyway 4 miles is only one of many regulations depending on circumstances.

  4. Angela, I beg to differ; how would you explain the extra landing gear, extra tail and extra wing of the United Aircraft?

  5. i call bulls**t on this one. the size of the windows is the main give away. if those two planes were 200 meters apart, that photo would have to be taken from miles away to achieve that little perspective distortion. my verdict is ‘shopped.

  6. All i can say is if the jumbos three times the size of the 757, it must have some massive pilots cause its cockpit is the same size.

    I reckon its Photoshopped.

  7. Yea red and Al b are right. If the one in back is 200 meters away, why are the windows the same size and were is the left wing of the grey plane? Deffinitely shopped.

  8. this is definatley not photoshopped, the cockpit windows on the 757 appear much larger than those on the 747 even though the 747 has a much larger cockpit. They are landing on parallel runways very close to each other, the photographer was just lucky to take that photo, for further discussion check here http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0652327/M/ thats where i first saw this shot, its a great photo!

  9. its sort of easy to figure out. the two different sizes of the two planes make it appear that they are connected. For example we were on a boat and there were two traing going opposite directions it looked as if they were going to crash but there were two tracks (fyi we had been up there before and there was only one track then)

    1. @Meegan Galante;

      if it was just painted on another plane then how can there be 2 tail fins, or whatever those big triangle like things are, and a extra set of wheels and the wing of the jumbo you can see behind the grey plane, oh and also theyre at different angles

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