I still have not finalized my full case on this, but want to get some response before the weekend, so here is my graphic presentation of findings and
Here is a frame from the Nexcom/Citgo security video released last year. The frame we'll be looking at is 'Single pump side," camera 4, seen far
left, second from top.
The view here looks southwest - note the canopy blocking the upper part of the view, and canopy shadow at the bottom - sun from the southeast, so the
lot is sunlit and the scene washed out.
Many have noted the flashes of light and one interior camera darkening seen at 4:45 in the Citgo video, but the best clue I've found happens two
seconds earlier - a large shadow on the ground, visible for one frame in camera 4's view. SOUTH of the Citgo.
This is a high-resolution still showing that frame.
Can you spot the shadow already? If not, watch this short short video I did a while back using lower-res stills:
new window - Youtube
In this montage of two site photographs kindly provided by John Farmer – taken on his research trip there earlier this year – we can see about
what the video is trying to show. The security camera was set higher than this and looking down, but at about this lateral angle. Using satelite maps,
I measures the south parking lot at about 75 feet long and therefore the area occupied by shadow seems at least 45-50 feet across.
But it's not A shadow, but rather two dots, right? What's up with that?
Subdividing the camera's view in 4, approximating its field of view on a satelite map, I have placed the shadow here, on South Joyce Street.
Factors at work to counter a clear view of the shadow include edge fuzzing due to altitude and refraction, road reflectivity, angle of view and
surface topography, camera resolution, transfer resolution, and of course the shape of the object casting the shadow, in this case supposedly a
Here's a photo I found that helps clarify what we might expect to see: Note the 'missing' nosecone, and that the foremost portion of the shadow is
made of two separate segments - an engine and the fuselage.
brightness and contrast adjustment of the Citgo shadow:
note warped shape of left shadow, and think of the raised sidewalk, obscuring its true length on the roadway behind that. Also note what seems a
linear extension of the shadow at far right, on the other side of the support pole. Latent at lower contrasts, it pops out here. It doesn't seem to
be present in the frames before or after, but I don't have the full set at high res, so I'm not sure if that's the left wing edge or not.
Therefore, it seems this is not altogether an implausible explanation. This is all to scale, the blue arrow showing the official heading and the
official path location. Does this shadow line up with a plane on that line?
Here is mapped out the sun angles for 9/11/01 at the Capital. numbers from
is the direction to the sun measured in degrees from north, and altitude
is the angle of its rays relative to the horizon (0 at
sunrise and sunset, highest at solar noon, 1:05 pm at the Pentagon). I goofed on the altitude number here: at 9:38 it should actually be 25 degrees,
not 27.5. I used the correct number below, just didn't update the dial.
Anyone care to double-check or challenge my calculations? I'm new to this detailed an analysis, and presuned steady change of both readings during
This allows us to find this:
IF on the official path - which considering the downed poles and angled building damage, seems reasonable - then the shadow is about 165 feet NW of
THIS plus sun altitude allows us to find this:
And so we have a plane - Flight 77? - about 72 feet above that shadow at that moment, or about 125-130 feet above sea level. I don't have the final
math, but an average
pitch of no more than 5 degrees would put it into the Pentagon's first floor.
The position of the plane also puts it about 2 seconds away from impact at the official speed of 530 mph. Watching the Citgo video, I find that the
more famous flashes happen 65 frames after the shadow first appears – 2.167 seconds. Measuring the rough distance from that location to the
Pentagon, 1600 feet (plus app. 100 feet descended) - this yields a speed of about 535 mph, or just what the flight data recorded found inside the
We have on video, quite possibly, the shadow of Flight 77, just 2 seconds prior to impact. In terms of size and shape it's possible, its location
fits the model and gives it the right altitude, and if linked to the later light effects (fireball?), its speed fits the profile of the 'official
story.' It clearly contradicts the north flight path claims, unless possibly we argue for two planes.
Questions: any other legit possibilities for these dark patches besides actual informational alteration of the video? And anyone want to suggest
alteration? It was 'held by the perps,' right?
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several edits for clarity
[edit on 26-10-2007 by Caustic Logic]