According to the principle that we have stated above, two wings,
each approximately 18-20 m long (however crumpled and damaged)
must have appeared in virtually all the photographs taken of
the Pentagon damage on the morning of September 11, 2001.
However, there are other reasons why the wings might be absent from
the crash scene.
Such reasons must be systematically listed and evaluated:
1. Could the damaged wings have been carted off by cleanup crews?
The cleanup of the site did not begin until well after the morning
hours of the day in question.
2. Could the damaged wings have "telescoped" into the body of the aircraft,
as claimed by the Dept. of Defense? This claim was clearly meant for reporters,
whose technical competence, as a general rule, would be unequal to the task
of evaluating such a statement. There would have been no significant lateral
force acting along either wing axis and there is no possibility of a wing
actually entering the fuselage of the aircraft. If you fixed a Boeing 757
firmly to a given piece of ground, then used a team of bulldozers to push
the wings into the body,
the wings would merely fold up like an accordion or crumple and bend.
3. Could the wings have been entirely fragmented by the explosion
of the fuel tanks after the aircraft struck the building?
The fuel tanks of a 757 are located under
the fuselage, as well as in the wing roots.
The entire fuel storage area of a 757
would easily fit inside the initial entry hole and, consequently,
the explosion would have been largely confined to the building's interior.
As we shall see,
the wings could not have entered the building, where they might possibly have
encountered such a fate.
The blast, as such, had little effect outside the building,
as cable spools near the entry hole remained standing, for example.
4. This raises the question of whether the wings could have folded
as the aircraft
entered the building, bending backwards and following the aircraft in.