GOOGLE may be compromising national security by allowing anyone to search for the names of military bases and zoom in to see airstrips and possibly even top-secret military drones.
Aviation website Flight Global has done just that, and claims to have found the secret airstrip at Yucca Lake, Nevada, used for testing the RQ-170, an unmanned aerial vehicle developed by Lockheed martin, FOX News reported.
The Google Maps site shows satellite images of either a Predator or Reaper drone on the airstrip, although Flight Global says the RQ-170 was tested there as well - information that is surely of interest to the Iranian military, said Cedric Leighton, a retired US Air Force colonel.
"Iranians would be most interested in operational bases because that tells them how we fly our surveillance missions," Leighton told FOX.
Sure enough, other Nevada military bases at the Tonopah Test Range like the Creech Air Force Base are also viewable at Google Maps. With this information, anyone - even foreign military - can look up satellite images to inspect secret US spy planes.