Critical Questions on the aircraft used in the WTC attacks

Martin Spellman mspellman at
Tue Sep 25 03:33:50 MDT 2001

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Critical Questions

[This arrived as an email, supposedly from DP, an American military person.
Judge for yourself:]

Why Were So Few People on the Flights?

1) Flight 11 was a Boeing 757/200. This plane holds 239 passengers. There
were 81 passengers and 11 crew. The 11 crew members included 2 pilots and 9
flight attendants. Is it normal that this flight would not be at capacity,
based on other Flight 11's that leave Boston to LA, at the same time every
day. Flights within the Airline industry operate on standardized schedule.
They don't make the schedules after the passengers book the flights. The
only days that they schedule deviate are Saturdays and Sundays and holidays.
So, is it customary that this flight is so underbooked? (About 30% capacity)
I flew out west from Florida about three months ago, and every flight I got
on was either full or overbooked.

2) Same question of all the flights. #175 had 54 passengers. The pentagon
plane (#77) had 56 passengers, and the PA flight 38. All less than 25% of
capacity. Why? I don't have access to the files of AA or United, but some
reporter should be able to find out this information. [Fewer people, easier
to control the situation. And the less likely that something could go wrong,
maybe? I'm just speculating, of course. I don't know, and I don't have
access to AA or United archives and files.] The Air Force Could Have Averted
the Tragedy But Didn’t

3) Four planes at once with no transponder info on the FAA screens and Air
Force screens. All of them just showing up as blips on radar. One plane is
in a "NO FLY ZONE";.. within constantly monitored, restricted airspace. A
pilot has already remarked that when a plane deviates just a little, that
the FAA oversight will call and/or allow for course corrections. But, we are
talking about planes that were miles off course. In these instances, the FAA
reports it to the Air Force. But also, in these instances, the Air Force has
already locked onto these planes, because they monitor the commercial system
as well as their own. That's 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the
year. They have to, so that we don't have military and commercial aircraft
flying into one another, constantly. In a circumstance like Flight 11, this
plane is so far of course it is ridiculous and they are not responding
normally to communications. They did a hard bank (90 degrees to the south)
somewhere north of Albany, NY. The Air Force is to scramble at least a recon
aircraft to monitor. Why no recon, on any of the first three flights? Let's
look at the second plane. It was 18 minutes until it hit the second
building. This plane flew over NYC, past the city and went to somewhere
around Newark, NJ. At that point it did a 360 degree bank to fly back to
NYC. By this time "they" know that this is no accident happening. They know
that they have hijacked planes in the air. An F-15 strike eagle flies at
1850+ nmps. That is Mach 2.5+ A sidewinder with heat seeking infrared
guidance, has a range of 18 miles. This aircraft, according to the USAF's
own website, goes from "scramble order" to 29000 feet in 2.5 minutes. New
York City is 71 miles from McGuire AFB in NJ and 147 from Westover AFB in
MA. At Mach 2, this plane could travel from the ground in NJ to NYC, in
under 7 minutes. I am being generous. Mach 2 is 20+ miles per minute and
Mach 2.5 is 30+ miles per minute. This is 150 to 210 seconds to cover the 71
miles. If we factor in the time for the scramble order, to being in the air;
we are at 5 to 6 minutes for an F-15 to bypass flight 175, turn, and sit at
the WTC to wait for the plane (175) to arrive. This is far less than 18
minutes, and this plane (175) had to fly back over the Hudson Bay to reach
its target. (Remember the range of the sidewinder is over 10 miles. Is it
even necessary to mention the speed of this missile?)

The Plane Hitting the Pentagon Could Have Been Stopped But Wasn’t---Why?

4) Let's apply these same standards to the Pentagon plane #77. This plane is
over restricted airspace. It is 40 minutes after the second attack in NYC.
At some point, here, Barbara Olsen calls her husband to let him know the
plane is hijacked. Mr. Olsen calls "officials" who claim that they don't
know about Flight #77 being hijacked. Barbara Olsen makes a second phone
call to her husband. Other passengers were FORCED TO CALL their families to
tell them that they were going to die. Why would the hijackers put out this
warning? The article definitely says "forced to call". See: Flight 77: 'Our
Plane Is Being Hijacked' ( See:
This plane flies over the White House, which has automatic turret style
anti-defense weaponry on top of the building. NO shots are reported to be
fired, no anti-aircraft missiles were fired. This plane, still in restricted
airspace, does a 270 degree bank to turn around and fly toward to Pentagon.
Andrews AFB is 13 miles away. This is already within the range of a
sidewinder. All that is required is to put the plane in the air (maybe up to
3000 ft.), lock and fire. Remember it is 40 minutes and they already know
that these planes are being used as weapons. They have been reporting it on
ABC, CBS, and NBC for 30+ minutes. They have received phone calls from
passengers, telling them that the plane is hijacked. (By the way, what time
were these cell-calls made? Before or after they entered the "no fly zone"?)
These planes could have been knocked out of the sky EASILY, but weren't.
Why? DP

P.S. It's not that I want to believe that something stinks, here. It's just
that I would like credible answers as to what was/is going on. I was in the
military. As a Navy Nuclear Reactor Operator, we had to stand duty 24/7, to
monitor operations. An Air Force base is constantly manned, in case of an
unforeseen event or attack. They fly recon missions, every single day. Some
of these recon flights may be armed, and some may not. But, there are a
certain number of planes are armed at all times and the pilots do 24-hour
rotating shifts so that the Air Force can respond quickly. The Air Force and
Nuclear Aircraft Carriers constitute America's first line of defensive
readiness. They were 13 miles from the Pentagon, with planes that can fly
circles around a commercial jet. Were they on vacation or what?

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