American Airlines 77
I know I'm going off half-cocked here and that a little information can be a dangerous thing but, I'm broadening the scope of my 911 research, looking at the flights and this jumped right out at me.
I'll put a lot more reading behind me before I post anything more on this but I was immediately struck by something.
Having looked at the pentagon pics along with the recent video of the flight recorder analysis its easy to assume that the pentagon strike was a missile rather than a plane.
Having made that assumption we then have to cater for the known elements:
1. A plane took off from Dulles airport
2. Something was tracked on radar that looked like AA77
3. Something hit the pentagon
4. No plane like AA77 landed anywhere visible
When I took a look at the radar track their are three oddities:
a. Why did the plane go so far out of its way?
b. The detour up to the Maryland border
b. The track being lost some time later
I don't yet have a theory about the detour but, if we go with the assumption that an airliner was switched for a military plane with a bunker busting missile then what better place to pull the switch than right over Charleston Air National Guard Base? The transponder was turned off just a short time before AA77 would have passed right over the base and the plane would have been visible only as an anonymous speck on the radar screen.
The air base is home to a squadron of C130s so there's no problem landing a large jet there. As a military base, its containable and subject to military secrecy. It would be perfectly routine for visiting aircraft to stop off there.
Remember the mysterious white aircraft seen in several places during 911? Why not a C130 over the pentagon with a rack full of air to ground missiles.
By flying over Charleston and turning off the flight responder it would have been easy to have another plane match the speed, direction and altitude of AA77. The airliner would land and the mystery plane would proceed thus continuing the raw blip on the radar screen. Vigilant Defender radar artifacts would easily take the blame for one planes takeoff and the others landing. The ATC operators tape was destroyed and no recordings exist of the occasion.
If something like this did occur you've got to ask yourself "What did they do with the passengers?". If Al Quaida were the initiators of 911, then it is possible to say that they are responsible for the wtc deaths. If the above scenario, or one like it, is true, then there is no shifting the blame.
Once again I admit that this is an instant theory based on my first look, but it does put ticks in a few boxes.
Please don't beat up on me if you disagree with this one, I'll go do some more homework.