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Location of Pentagon Strike

Whereas what 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. 1  

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 Flight 77, 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
title: The 9/11 Evidence that May Hang George W. Bush
authors: Cheryl Seal
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.


1. Air Controller Shocker: Hijackers Aimed Directly for White House, 10/24/01

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The attack targeted Wedge One of the Pentagon, which was mostly empty, except for the Navy Command Center.