The pole on the ground with the cab is bent. The standing poles don't appear bent. I assume they were all straight to begin with.
How did that bent light pole get through the windshield?
Remember, this is just a hypothesis for the pole scenario, setting aside for the moment that the aircraft was actually proven on the north flight path
and could not possibly have knocked down the light poles.
Approximate locations of where light poles allegedly ended up. Red dot is base location.
Yes they were straight originally, and I think it is safe to assume that the windshield did not bend the pole. The lamp head is 40 feet off the
ground, and the straight main light pole looks to be about 37 feet long, is tapered from 10 inches at the bottom to 6 inches at the top, and is
extruded from 1/8 inch thickness aluminum. The original pole weighs 247 pounds, with 20 pounds for the truss arm assembly and 70 pounds for the lamp
head added, to give a total weight of 337 pounds for each light pole standing there, before the 180,000 pound (90 ton) aircraft allegedly hit them at
535 mph. (784.8 feet per second (fps))
The distance between #1 light pole and #5 light pole seems to be about 700 feet. At 784.8 fps the 124 ft 10 in aluminum wings of the alleged 757 would
have been battered five times in less than one second by these 337 pound stationary objects. If you were to skid your car sideways into a 165 pound
stationary human at 40 mph at the rear fender, would the steel fender be damaged? Of course it would. Would the damage be greater if that human
weighed 337 pounds? Of course it would. What if your car hit the human 13 times (535 mph) as fast, would the damage be a good deal greater?
So how could aircraft wings possibly survive this tremendous battering within one second, and possibly remain strong enough to survive the high G load
to suddenly pull-up to level flight across the lawn from the steep descent down the hill. This alleged battering of the wings alone renders the light
pole scenario IMPOSSIBLE, even without the addition of the Lloyde England script. Agreed?
Actual locations of light poles before removal
That piece of pole lying beyond the cab seems about three or four feet long and seems to be broken off the main pole. Logic would insist that the
break was where a truss arm was attached via 4 drilled holes, rendering the main pole weaker there. Therefore the main pole remaining to be used as a
missile would be about 33 feet long. However that main light pole has a big nicely radiused bend in it near the smaller end. In fact that bend looks
so perfect, it must have been formed in a mechanical bending machine. Again, the windshield and dash could not have bent that heavy pole.
It seems that the 33 ft main light pole would necessarily need to be hurled at the windshield like a javelin
(not rotating like a baton) in
order to pierce the windshield, go between the front seats, and come to a stop with the smaller curved end in the back seat, and the heavier base end
sticking out past the center of the hood in mid air about 22 feet. Even the hood ornament was untouched. Note that the curvature in the light pole
would make the profile of the javelin
much too large to fit the hole in the windshield. Also using common sense, one would expect gravity to
rotate the curvature of the pole downward which would definitely not fit the hole. So how did that huge curved javelin
get through the
windshield without hitting the hood, hitting the roof, or hitting Lloyde? It is just not possible.
Lloyde was driving south on Hwy 27 at 40 mph and the light pole needed to be hurled under or over the aircraft fuselage by the right wing, and up the
road 300 or 400 feet to meet the taxi windshield. That would be just past the beginning of that little taxi animation above. To hurl that light pole
350 to 450 feet would require tremendous force applied, and a tremendous initial velocity to the light pole. Of course this velocity to the #1 light
pole was applied in the wrong direction, because the aircraft was headed east and the taxi was to the north. And the other four light poles reacted
much differently; #2 flew a short ways (about 25 feet) sideways, and #3 4 5 just fell over a few feet from their bases. But #1 flew 400 feet past the
fuselage? Strange light poles; you would agree?
So with all that velocity added to the light pole, the kinetic energy applied to the taxi would be great, and the kinetic energy added by the 3000 lb
taxi at 40 mph would be great also. Let us assume the light pole had a speed of 40 mph when it reached the windshield. With a combined impact speed of
80 mph, how did the 200+ lb light pole come to a stop in 6 feet; stopped allegedly by a mere leather seat? This entire fairy tale is too ludicrous to
comprehend. I cannot see how there is one single person in the entire world, including children, who would believe such silly nonsense.
Multiple blows to the windshield. I count 7. How about you?
Alleged Light Pole Damage To Taxi - Possible? Impossible?
Nah. Not possible at all.
[edit on 10/31/08 by SPreston]