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Re: Analysis from a JHU CS Prof
At 10:26 PM 9/11/2001, Petr Swedock wrote:
Keep in mind as well that airspeed would be critical for maximum effect.The planes were hijacked with knives and re-routed over large distances: which leads me to believe the original pilots were long dead. The two towers were struck with great precision: it's not as easy as it sounds. The pentagon was *landed* on... in a most precise manner: It takes a hell of a flyer to put a plane down like that. There were no fly-bys and/or go-rounds. There were no near misses. There is no doubt in my mind that those in control of the planes were skilled pilots.
Moving too fast, the plane flies right through the building, certainly causing massive damage and almost certainly starting a fire. However, that's not optimal.
Fly too slowly, and you're on the edge of a stall - no laughing matter in any aircraft, but especially critical in these cases, due to the maneuvers every aircraft performed. Also, fly too slowly, you might not completely penetrate the building.
From the beginning, there's been no doubt that the pilots were type-rated on the Boeing 757/767, nor has there ever been any doubt, at least in my mind, that these were not American or United pilots... with the possible exception of the United flight that crashed in PA.