Even Top Guns Would Have Struggled with the 9/11 Pentagon Maneuver

http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2006/11/how-difficult-was-911-pentagon-maneuver.html

How difficult would it have been to fly a Boeing 757 into the Pentagon in the manner observed on 9/11?

Well, the head of the flight school where the supposed pilot of the planes which crashed into the Pentagon said that neither the hijacker or he himself could have performed such flying feats in a Boeing 757.

Military and aviation professionals tracking the plane on radar had a similar reaction:

  • And ABC news says:

"The speed, the maneuverability, the way that he turned, we all thought in the radar room, all of us experienced air traffic controllers, that that was a military plane . . . ."

"In the room, it was almost a sense of relief. This must be a fighter. This must be one of our guys sent in, scrambled to patrol our capital . . . . But the plane continued to turn right until it had made a 360-degree maneuver."

And a top gun navy pilot says:

“At the Pentagon, the pilot of the Boeing 757 did quite a feat of flying. I have 6,000 hours of flight time in Boeing 757’s and 767’s and I could not have flown it the way the flight path was described.”

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I was also a Navy fighter pilot and Air Combat Instructor and have experience flying low altitude, high speed aircraft. I could not have done what these beginners did. Something stinks to high heaven!”

And retired Naval aviator and commercial airline pilot Ted Muga says:

"The maneuver at the Pentagon was just a tight spiral coming down out of 7,000 feet. And a commercial aircraft, while they can in fact structurally somewhat handle that maneuver, they are very, very, very difficult. And it would take considerable training. In other words, commercial aircraft are designed for a particular purpose and that is for comfort and for passengers and it's not for military maneuvers. And while they are structurally capable of doing them, it takes some very, very talented pilots to do that. ...

When a commercial airplane gets that high, it get very, very close to getting into what you refer to as a speed high-speed stall. And a high-speed stall can be very, very violent on a commercial-type aircraft and you never want to get into that situation. I just can't imagine an amateur even being able to come close to performing a maneuver of that nature.

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Commercial airplanes are very, very complex pieces of machines. And they're designed for two pilots up there, not just two amateur pilots, but two qualified commercial pilots up there. And to think that you're going to get an amateur up into the cockpit and fly, much less navigate, it to a designated target, the probability is so low, that it's bordering on impossible."

Everyone agrees: it would have been extremely difficult for even the world's most experienced pilots -- with thousands of hours of combat-level flying experience in large aircraft -- to have flown a Boeing 757 into the Pentagon in the manner observed on 9/11.

So how could this guy, who "couldn't fly at all", have pulled it off? Or this guy , one of two totally inept wannabe pilots described by their flight instructor as "dumb and dumber"? These guys are flight school dropouts who couldn't even fly a small airplane on the easiest possible flight plan.

It is not reasonable to believe that they could have pulled off the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.

Second link is busted

Under "neither the hijackers..."

Fixed,

thanks.