Location of Pentagon Strike
struck the Pentagon around 9:38 AM 9/11/01
remains a topic fiercely debated among skeptics of the official story,
where it was struck is without question.
That was a portion of the vast building's west block
which had been undergoing renovation and reinforcement prior to the attack.
Because the renovation of that section was only nearing completion
at the time of the attack,
being only five days from its scheduled completion date of 9/16/01,
it was sparsely occupied.
Its attack did not kill a single high-ranking Pentagon official.
The fact that the one sparsely occupied section of the Pentagon was struck
is made even more remarkable by the maneuver required by the jetliner that
approached and supposedly crashed into the building.
It approached Washington from the west,
and executed a 330-degree descending spiral,
losing 7000 feet in under three minutes,
and leveled out to an approach so shallow
that it clipped lamp poles hundreds of feet away from the crash site.
Air traffic controller Danielle O' Brien thought it was
a military plane, based on this maneuver.
She told ABC News:
The speed, the maneuverability, the way that he
turned, we all thought in the radar room, all of
us experienced air-traffic controllers, that that
was a military plane ...
You don't fly a 757 in that manner. It's unsafe.
This maneuver does not preclude that the plane watched by the
controllers was a Boeing 757.
Such modern jetliners have
impressive performance capabilities
such as pitch accelerations of over 3 Gs.
Rather it shows the plane was being flown in a manner
not typical of a jetliner.
It challenges the imagination to think that Hani Hanjour,
the alleged pilot of
could have flown a 757 at all,
let alone through such extreme maneuvers.
Even greater powers of imagination are required to think
that he could have executed the final approach,
which took the plane within a few feet of the Pentagon's lawn
without scarring it,
and crashed it into the base of the building
with such precision
that the impact damage was limited
to the building's first and second floors.
e x c e r p t
In 1993, the Clinton administration decided to upgrade the Pentagon,
for many reasons, not least of which was the growing concern over
terrorist attacks. In addition to new plumbing, the upgrade included
putting in heavy duty fireproofing in the walls, reinforcing the walls,
and improving security in general. The final reconstruction strategy
called for the work to be divided into five "wedges,"
each wedge encompassing a corner and a rectangle of the Building.
The first wedge to be tackled was the one facing west, covering 1.2
million square feet. By September 2000, work on this wedge was about 70%
complete. The wedge was supposed to have been completely done by July 2001,
but, as with rebuilding any old "house," more problems kept being uncovered.
For example, all sorts of interesting goodies were found in the walls:
a secure vault no one knew about, old whiskey bottles
(hmm, wonder who went to such lengths to hide their booze!),
and other items. Then of course, there were supports that needed
more reinforcement, asbestos to be removed, etc.
Among the improvements made to Wedge One:
Blast resistant windows and brick backup walls behind the building's
limestone outer facade. These inner walls contain a metal fabric mesh
similar to the mesh used in vehicle air bags. This mesh was designed
specifically to CONTAIN DEBRIS FRAGMENTS in the event of a blast.
Air Controller Shocker: Hijackers Aimed Directly for White House, 10/24/01
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