To help out a bit and since I'm in a better frame of mind to look at these again, I've gone back into the trial evidence to pull the photographic
evidence from the Pentagon scene. I hope this helps a bit. To recap, the link to the trial exhibits themselves is:
United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui
The first one are the stills from the surveillance video outside the Pentagon for the initial impact. Given the speeds involved, nothing caught much
more than a few frames...but here that is:
Still frames from impact
This is a detailed model of the Pentagon for comparison. It's a BIG image...over 1mb.
...and a similar view from the air of the real building, post-impact.
Perspective photo of the scene from a distance
Inner Ring of the Pentagon
I believe I recall someone saying this next one was part of the Tail assembly APU.
Aircraft parts inside the building
Outside Facade at night showing collapsed area
Daytime shot of cut-section at impact point. - Width of
walls clearly visible
Moving from the trial evidence (I'm skipping the photos of the human damage...I'm not going there), here are a few photos of the wreckage some would
say doesn't exist.
The first is from Associated Press from the morning of 9/11 and a piece of the aircraft fueslage.
This is an overhead perspective with a great view of D ring in from E, to better put into context the photos between the rings and why they look like
Now this was estimated to have hit the Pentagon at 550 Miles per Hour. Perhaps as low as 530, but impact came between data points apparently, and
speed was increasing on the previous 2 so 550 is what I'm seeing. Much of the debate seems to be that there should be so much MORE remaining of a 757
aircraft running into what amounted to a stone wall. I've dug a few things up for comparison to show...how horribly little actually remains from a
paper thin aluminum tube hitting an immovable object at that speed.
Value Jet Flight # 592
Flight 592 crashed nose first into the Everglades in 1996. the photo shows the wreckage..or pure lack of it in any recognizable form. Despite
searching for a month in a location where the only man made things would be that airplane or things from it, only 75% of the plane was ever recovered
and the remains of 37 out of 108 people located.
168 Killed in Iran Plane Crash - July/09
The same wreck in photos
This wreck was witnessed and was totally destroyed on impact. The second link shows what is meant by totally. A fragment of a wing survived with
everything else being reduced to shards and scraps, quite literally. The aircraft was a Tupolev 154. In only spending a half hour or so at this part,
this was the best example I can find of a ground impact, with photos and witnesses where almost nothing remained of the original aircraft. To address
what surely must be the next question.... The Tu-154 and Boeing 757 are almost identical in size. If anything, the Tu-154 is a hair larger.
Boeing 757 Physical Specs
Tu-154 Physical Specs
Just food for thought....and of course the WTC wreckage is much more apparent. Entire parts of the structure survived that one by being blown clear
away from the point of impact.
Examples of High Speed damage to man made vehicles
# 3 and # 7 are good examples of what used to be a vehicle...really..I swear...they used to be recognizable. Both, well under 550Mph and both just
disintegrating by sheer speed and physics. No stone wall to shatter them as well.
edit on 9-9-2012 by Wrabbit2000 because: Added