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QUESTIONS ABOUT SEPT. 11
People run down the street in a frantic attempt to
escape the falling debris and huge dust cloud resulting from
the collapse of the Twin Towers on Sept 11.
Former Pentagon Man
Has Doubts About 9-11
high-ranking Pentagon official Donn de Grand Pre has raised questions
about the government version of the 9-11 hijackings.
By Col. Donn de Grand Pre
How could a hijacker armed
with a box cutter dispatch the crew, especially two strapping pilots
up front in cramped quarters? How were the towers
plus three other buildings —
actually brought down? These are among many important questions
that have yet to be answered by the government's official 9-11 theory.
. .. .Let's
look at the pilots of those Sept. 11 flights:
. ...John Ogonowski, captain of American
Airlines Flight 11, took off from Logan Airport in Boston at 7:59
a.m., with 81 passengers and 11 crew and crashed into the World
Trade Center at 8:45 a.m.
. . .Ogonowski was an Air Force fighter pilot in Vietnam and joined American
Airlines 23 years ago. He lived on his farm north of Boston which
was purchased and cultivated by his Polish grandfather 100 years
ago. Ogonowski was big, burly and physically strong. His co-pilot,
Tom McGuinness, was also in excellent condition.
. . .LeRoy Homer,
first officer of United Airlines Flight 93, departed Newark for
San Francisco at 8:01 a.m. with 39 passengers and seven crew. Many
people believe that it was taken out by an Air Force F-16. It crashed
in Somerset County; Pa., at 10:10 a.m. Homer, muscular and agile,
was a former Air Force pilot.
. . .Victor Saracini,
another former fighter pilot of the Vietnam era, was captain of
UAL Flight 175; which left Boston for Los Angeles at 8:14 a.ill.,
with 56 passengers and nine crew but crashed into a second wrc tower
at 9:03. Saracini was in superb physical shape, with a quick and
. . .Chic Burlingame
was a graduate of Naval Academy, flew F-4s in Vietnam, left the
Navy 28 years ago and joined American Airlines. Burlingame was captain
of M Flight 77. He departed Washington Dulles at 8:10 a.m. and crashed
into the Pentagon at 9:41. Burlingame was a health nut, jogger and
exceptionally competent pilot.
. . .No one, whether
armed with razor or handgun, is going to take the controls away
from these guys, much less overpower two of them.
. . .Their absolute
best defense would have been to roll the airplane over, using the
eight-dick "barrel roll." At fourth dick, you are inverted;
at eighth dick, you are once again upright and straight and level.
The total maneuver time is 10 seconds. A forced takeover could never
have happened inside one of their cockpits.