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Hanjour wasn't exactly a "flight school dropout". He had a private and commercial pilots licence, and a not insignificant amount of flying experience, including some simulator work (although on 737's). He certainly could fly.
originally posted by: Salander
a reply to: D8Tee
He held an FAA license to fly and Barack holds a license to practice law. So what? He couldn't fly according to his flight instructors, and Barack doesn't know a tort from a criminal offence.
Others say it wasn't that difficult.
Several pilots, years ago, were on record at Pilots For 911 Truth, line pilots in the 757, who said they could not have performed the precise maneuver required by the official story.
Good example of confirmation bias.
I believe them over a pentagon spokesman any day.
originally posted by: Xenogears
Question how reinforced are the pentagon walls? The hole does not resemble the twin tower holes, and I seem to recall the official explanations is that the wings folded like origami and went through the hole made by the nose, which is a cartoon physics level explanation.
FACT: When American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon's exterior wall, Ring E, it created a hole approximately 75 ft. wide, according to the ASCE Pentagon Building Performance Report. The exterior facade collapsed about 20 minutes after impact, but ASCE based its measurements of the original hole on the number of first-floor support columns that were destroyed or damaged. Computer simulations confirmed the findings.
Why wasn't the hole as wide as a 757's 124-ft.-10-in. wingspan? A crashing jet doesn't punch a cartoon-like outline of itself into a reinforced concrete building, says ASCE team member Mete Sozen, a professor of structural engineering at Purdue University. In this case, one wing hit the ground; the other was sheared off by the force of the impact with the Pentagon's load-bearing columns, explains Sozen, who specializes in the behavior of concrete buildings. What was left of the plane flowed into the structure in a state closer to a liquid than a solid mass. "If you expected the entire wing to cut into the building," Sozen tells PM, "it didn't happen."
The tidy hole in Ring C was 12 ft. wide—not 16 ft. ASCE concludes it was made by the jet's landing gear, not by the fuselage.
originally posted by: samkent
You can't get a commercial rating and be a bad pilot.
Marcel could not fly that maneuver himself. A handful of 757 line pilots have stated they could not fly that maneuver.
originally posted by: D8Tee
originally posted by: Staroth
a reply to: AnAbsoluteCreation
Very interesting twist!!!