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Monday, February 06, 2006

Cutting Charges

Here's part of the hole in WTC, putatively made by a 767:


Now focus on the left part of this picture:


I don't know about anyone else out there, but it sure seems odd to me that the wing of a plane, mostly made of aluminum, can cut so precisely through the steel columns of the WTC outer wall. It's not as though the wing of the plane KNOCKED IN a bunch of columns that were in its way-- the wing discretely CUT through the metal (and other pictures of course show this cutting for a good thirty feet on either side of the main hole).

Are we really to believe the wing of a plane SLICED THROUGH the metal like this?

Or is this some sort of illusion that was produced to make people think a large plane went in the building?

What seems even more odd, is how the aluminum cladding, the lighter metal pieces that cover the steel beams of the WTC, are blown away so extensively from the same region where the wing ostensibly cut inward right through thick steel beams. This pattern of blown away cladding is clear all along the length of the wing-shaped holes in the WTC. But WHY didn't the wing simply SLICE through the aluminum like it did through the steel?

On the other hand, if some sort of cutting charges or "det cord" were used to sever the steel columns in the shape of a plane's wing, the explosion WOULD BE expected to knock away the aluminum cladding-- OUTWARD.

Moreover, if you look at two of the top right-hand columns in the enlarged frame, the columns look to be bent slightly outward. How would a plane wing smashing inward cause this?

Of course, pre-planted explosives could blow the columns outward. And they explain the blown away cladding pattern as well.

10 Comments:

Anonymous pinch said...

Have you ever had a paper cut? How in goodness gracious can paper cut skin! After all, it can be easily torn or destroyed, crumpled up in mere seconds. No mass to it, no weight to speak of. Nothing, yet it can cut through skin. Amazing.

Are we really to believe that paper can CUT SKIN like that?

Cuts that look exactly as if a steel razor blade did it! Yet paper is NOT steel - far from it!

It obviously can't. So-called "paper cuts" must occur by some other means, and paper is merely used as a convienient excuse.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous James Ha said...

yes paper can easily slice into skin, but how many times have you seen paper slice into cardboard?

2:44 PM  
Blogger Spooked said...

Except paper cuts don't happen when you ram the edge of a paper real fast against your finger. They happen when the edge of a paper slices laterally across the skin. It is quite a different action than a wing slamming into a wall.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Spooked said...

Good point, James.

Also still not clear why those the ends of those two columns look blown outwards...

5:35 PM  
Anonymous drbeeth said...

Going after low resolution photos of a fast moving crashing aircraft seems not the best way to spend our energy.

The "cutting" effect of the wings can be mathematically explained by calculating the needed sheer force, and calculating the kinetic energy (which increases to the power of 3 (= cubed!)on the speed of the plane. Some other facts to remember are that those wings are pretty well built to handle redundant G-forces, and are quite well attached to the 95 ton plane.

If you ever saw a common blade of straw having pierced a 15 inch tree trunk during a hurricane, you become better aware of what kinds of forces we are talking about at high speed.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous James Ha said...

there's no denying that the south tower impact looks fishy, like a ghost fading thru a wall, but I find it difficult enough to convince people that 911 was an inside job without bringing up possible mcMedia animation of the planes -

8:23 PM  
Blogger Spooked said...

"If you ever saw a common blade of straw having pierced a 15 inch tree trunk during a hurricane, you become better aware of what kinds of forces we are talking about at high speed."

No I've never seen that. Have you? Or is it an "rural" legend?

And I'd like to see those calculations, Drbeeth.

I'd also like to know why the wings cut precisely through the steel yet BLW AWAY the aluminum cladding attached to the columns.

Why didn't the wing simply cut through the aluminum?

But the bottom line is that planes don't melt into steel buildings. And if a plane did crash into a steel building, it wouldn't disappear and leave behind a cartoon silhouette of itself in the wall.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slightly off topic about cutting. Notice the person (woman?) standing in the picture-poor soul she must surely have died. My point is that if the fires were so intense that they bulked steel etc... how is it possible that this person can be standing in the very spot where a fire is supposed to be raging- and be alive???

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you ever saw a common blade of straw having pierced a 15 inch tree trunk during a hurricane, you become better aware of what kinds of forces we are talking about at high speed."

"No I've never seen that. Have you? Or is it an "rural" legend?"

It isn't a rural legend. Many years ago when my dad was a young boy growing up on a poor farm in central Georgia, a very destructive tornado hit the county where he lived. One of the stories he used to tell about that event was his amazement afterwards at seeing the way straw had actually pierced wooden fence posts and stuck. My dad later got a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech. I'm sure he saw what he said he saw; he was an observant person always interested in the natural world, and he was also an honest man.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous James Ha said...

I found something about straws piercing trees - it happens during tornados, not hurricanes, and no one seems to be quite sure why - here's a photo of a board that actually pierced concrete::
photo of board piercing concrete
and here's a blog that discusses the phenomenon briefly::
stephanie is a meteorologist
none of this explains the fishy aspect of the south tower butter plane though. oh, I know! maybe that was Space Ghost's plane! remember him?

11:48 AM  

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