reply to post by kai22
Time to dispel this misconception, again.
....but the towers were capable of taking direct hits from 707s...[/b
Once again....this THREAD is NOT about the events of 9/11, although it has managed to be overtaken by various comments. That need to be addressed for
The "idea" of a "hit" by a Boeing 707 (largest, 'heaviest' airliner of the era, when the Towers were on the drawing boards) is one of the
biggest fallacies of the entire 'argument'.
It was BECAUSE of the controversy, during the design development of the project, that this was bandied about as a SELLING POINT.
It is the subject of ONE person's ability to "sell" an idea, based on "his calculations"...to satisfy the, at the time. criticisms of any
detractors. We see the SAME sort of "PR" being employed today, on any number of projects. It is "spin", designed to "spin" opinion. Nothing
There are only TWO scenarios, in reality, that would have been considered in any "real life" scenario of the "heaviest airliner of the day" (the
B-707) and any accidental impact with the WTC Towers.
Firstly, the most heavily-laden time would be on take-off, and initial climb-out.
Still, the air speeds? SLOW!!! Yes, lots of fuel, but speed??? SLOW!!!!!!
Secondly, the "arrival" scenario. Less fuel, near the end of a normal flight. Still, the speeds? SLOWWWW!!!!
Also, the weights....on take-off? Heaviest. On arrival? Lightest.
But, there is the aspect of SPEED!!!!! Because, at TRHAT altitude (well below 2,000 feet ASL) the SPEEDS would be slow, in any normal airliner's
operation envelope. Whether taking off, or on landing approach.
NOT what we saw, on 9/11, with the DELIBERATE SUICIDAL ATTACK by using an airliner at maximum speed, irrespective of any "regulations" or aviation
"rules" that are on the books.....