just 5 min before Pentagon was hit & included a smoke
April 2001 NORAD requested that war games run by the Joint Chiefs
''event having a terrorist group hijack a commercial airline
... and fly
it into the Pentagon."
Donald Rumsfeld - "Here we're talking
about plastic knives and using an American Airlines flight filed with
and the missile to damage
and similar (inaudible) that damaged the World Trade
"We heard what sounded like a
"He said the plane, which
sounded like the
high-pitched squeal of a fighter jet,
appeared to hold about
eight to 12 people."
"Where did the plane go?
For some reason I expected it to bounce off the Pentagon wall in pieces.
But there was
no plane visible..."
huge explosion, no huge rumbling on ground, it
just went pfff."
Unscathed lawn in front of the
"...Capt. Charles Burlingame,
who had been a Navy F-4 pilot and once
anti-terrorism strategies in the Pentagon...Friends and family
remembered him as a man who was unabashedly patriotic, who embraced
military life even after he retired from...working until 1996 as a
liaison in the Pentagon (where he had worked...as a Naval Reserve
officer). When his plane went down Tuesday, it ripped through
a section...that includes the Navy Reserve offices.
"Investigators have identified
remains [of all but one]...who were aboard American Airlines Flight
77...including those of the five hijackers...A team of more than 100
workers...primarily relied on DNA testing..." -Washington Post
"I'm still to this day
amazed that he could have flown into the Pentagon...
could not fly at all."
"The side they hit wasn't that populated... the other contributing factors --
it hit initially on the newly renovated section ...able to withstand more of an impact...
the old section ...had just been evacuated"
"I was convinced it was a
missile. It came in so fast it sounded nothing like an airplane."
"I did not see the engines,
I saw the body and the tail."
On Sept. 10, a group of top Pentagon officials
suddenly canceled travel plans
for the next morning, apparently because of
station's security cameras are close enough to the Pentagon to have
recorded the moment of impact. "I've never seen what the pictures looked
FBI was here within minutes and took the film."
the most bizarre ironies of all this is that [the five Flight 77] hijackers
lived in a motel right outside the gates
of the NSA."