Tuesday, December 30, 2008

America under attack: A chronicle of chaos and heroism at the Pentagon on 9/11

John N. Maclean's review of Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11 misses a key fact that undercuts the authors' account of what happened at the Pentagon on 9/11.

The authors, Patrick Creed and Rick Newman, write that the aircraft that hit the Pentagon punched a hole 90 feet wide at the entry point, then compressed into a bullet-like shape and burrowed 310 feet into the building.

In the picture below, take a look at the entry point while the Pentagon fire was still raging.

And this picture of the crew of Engine 331, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, attempting to put out the fire.

And this picture after the fire has diminished, but before the collapse of the roof.

Do you see a 90 feet wide hole in the Pentagon wall? Or any signs of a Boeing 757? Of course not.

What you may have seen is a picture taken after the roof collapsed. Miraculously, the "Boeing 757" made it through the light poles and highway sign before striking the Pentagon.

Just minutes after the attack, standing in front of the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Jamie McIntyre, CNN's senior Pentagon correspondent since November 1992, reported: "From my close up inspection there's no evidence of a plane having crashed anywhere near the Pentagon. . . . . The only pieces left that you can see are small enough that you could pick up in your hand. There are no large tail sections, wing sections, fuselage—nothing like that anywhere around which would indicate that the entire plane crashed into the side of the Pentagon. . . . It wasn't till about 45 minutes later . . . that all of the floors collapsed."

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