Sunday, July 17, 2005

Former Vietnam Combat and commercial Pilot Says 'No Way' Could a Novice Fly the 'Big Birds' He Knew So Well

Via the 9/11 Blogger:

More holes being poked into the official version of the events surrounding 9/11. This article hits home to me as I have relatives in the aviation industry. One quote I find particularily chilling:

"Knowing the flight characteristics of the "big birds" like the back of his hand, Wittenberg convincingly argued there was absolutely no possibility that Flight 77could have "descended 7,000 feet in two minutes, all the while performing a steep 270 degree banked turn before crashing into the Pentagon's first floor wall without touching the lawn."

Wittenberg claimed the high speed maneuver would have surely stalled the jetliner sending it into a nose dive, adding it was "totally impossible for an amateur who couldn't even fly a Cessna to maneuver the jetliner in such a highly professional manner, something Wittenberg said he couldn't do with 35 years of commercial jetliner experience.

"For a guy to just jump into the cockpit and fly like an ace is impossible - there is not one chance in a thousand," said Wittenberg, recalling that when he made the jump from Boeing 727's to the highly sophisticated computerized characteristics of the 737's through 767's it took him considerable time to feel comfortable flying."

Disturbing food for thought.

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