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Cordite is a family of smokeless propellants developed and produced in the United Kingdom from 1889 to replace gunpowder as a military propellant. Like gunpowder, cordite is classified as a low explosive because of its slow burning rates and consequently low brisance. These produce a subsonic deflagration wave rather than the supersonic detonation wave produced by brisants, or high explosives.
And, a camera that was mounted ON the Pentagon building itself??? Does anyone really think that the footage, showing the amount of coverage, and angle of the camera, would be made public?
.... a civilian Defense Agency within the Department of Defense charged with protecting and safeguarding the occupants, visitors, and infrastructure of the Pentagon, Navy Annex and other assigned Pentagon facilities.
Originally posted by ProudBird
reply to post by budaruskie
Well.....I just don't see any need for that time of security, for the Pentagon.....in terms of cameras.
As I noted, they have their own dedicated on-site Police patrol force. There isn't really anything in there that is critical, it's an office building primarily, to run the bureaucracy of the DoD.
Sure, every so often a VIP will be in the "house"....they are usually helicoptered in, and surely high-level sensitive meetings take place inside (probably has levels underground wouldn't you think?).
But it hasn't any value....no gold a' la Ft. Knox. So the perimeter security would be geared to prevent the malicious intruder....anyone not authorized entry, or intent on planting an IED or something.
As it was, as terrible a loss of life that occurred from American 77 being flown into it, the only thing that did was kill people....innocent people.....which is one definition of what "terrorism" is, and what their goals are.
It had no practical effect on the country's security otherwise. (Except of course, for the ill-fated reactions of the idiot in chief at the time, and his box of warmongering cronies).
Originally posted by thedman
reply to post by freedom12
You are aware that Hani Hanjour, presumed pilot of AA77, had extensive simulator experience at Jet Tech
International in Mesa Az
He took lessons on a 737 simulator (which Proud Brird can confirm is very similar to the Boeing 757)
He was checked out for "Sharp Turns" by the the instructors
He did not take any training for takeoffs/landings
Do you believe the White House might have articulating cameras with high resolution and/or high frame rates? There isn't really anything all that valuable there either....
Originally posted by ProudBird
reply to post by Rafe_
You are not understanding the physics of a bird strike, versus the entire airplane impacting a stationary building.
The bird is the equivalent of a projectile....it is smaller than the jet, and has its mass concentrated.
In fact.......you can switch it around, and your example demonstrates how the jet can cause so much damage to the buildings!!!
In the case of the jet hitting the building, it (the jet) now becomes the projectile, and the building now becomes the substitute for the airplane that gets the damage.
You've just proven the physics, without even realizing it!!