FACT #15 (TOWERS)
15) Towers were built to withstand a Boeing jet(s). Leslie Robertson, WTC structural Engineer, claimed he “designed it for a 707 to hit it”. Frank De Martini, deceased Manager of WTC Construction stated the towers “could probably sustain multiple impacts of jetliners” and that a plane would be “like a pencil puncturing your screen netting”. Charlie Thornton, Structural Engineer said “As far as a plane knocking a building over, that would not happen.” George Bush claims he watched the first plane crash into the north tower on TV before entering the classroom, “the TV was obviously on”. Bush was informed about the second impact while reading ‘The Pet Goat’.
TOWERS WERE DESIGNED FOR PLANE IMPACTS
DESIGNED TO WITHSTAND BOEING IMPACTS
Leslie Robertson discusses WTC aircraft collisions
“We designed the buildings to take the impact of the Boeing 707 hitting the building at any location.” ~ Leslie Robertson
“I designed it for a 707 to hit it,” ~ Leslie Robertson
Leslie Robertson – The Man Who built the Twin Towers. (Impact of a Plane (BBC) (2nd video link)
“The WTC towers were in fact the first structures outside of the military and nuclear industries designed to withstand the impact of a jet airplane.”
~ Leslie E. Robertson in Reflections on the World Trade Center
National Academy of Engineering, Volume 32, Number 1 – Spring 2002
“I believe the building probably could sustain multiple impacts of jetliners because this structure is like the mosquito netting on your screen door, this intense grid, and the jet plane is just a pencil puncturing the screen netting. It really does nothing to the screen netting.”
WTC 1988 Charlie Thornton Interview
“… the largest aircraft flying today, at least commercially, the 747 fully loaded is on the order of 300 tons. So if you think about a 300 ton element crashing into a building that’s been designed to carry 13,000 tons, you can see that an aircraft crashing into the World Trade Centre would probably not do anything to the major building, it could effect localized structural elements, could knock out a column, and there could be some damage but as far as a plane knocking a building over, that would not happen.” ~ Charlie Thornton 1988
“Our analysis indicated the biggest problem would be the fact that all the fuel (from the airplane) would dump into the building. There would be a horrendous fire. A lot of people would be killed. However, the building structure would still be there.”
– John Skilling, Lead Structural Engineer for the WTC,
In The Seattle Times, February 27, 1993.
”The structural safety of the towers in an aircraft collision was considered in the original design. We have some documents from 1964 that suggest that.”
-Dr. Shyam Sunder of NIST,
Transcript of NIST Public Meeting NYC February 12, 2004 pg 4
“The newly disclosed documents, from the 1960’s, show that the Port Authority did, in fact, consider aircraft moving at 600mph, slightly faster and therefore more destructive than the ones that did hit the towers. – Dr. S. Shyam Sunder of NIST
“It is believed that almost all of the jet fuel that remained on the impact floors was consumed in the first few minutes of the fire.” fema.gov 2-22
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
“The B-25 Empire State Building crash was a 1945 aircraft accident in which a B-25 Mitchell piloted in thick fog crashed into the Empire State Building. While the structural integrity of the building was not compromised, fourteen people died (three crewmen and eleven in the building).” July 28th, 1945.
B-25 Empire State Building crash
WORLD TRADE CENTER FIRES
““On February 13, 1975, a three-alarm fire broke out on the 11th floor of the North Tower. Fire spread through the core to the 9th and 14th floors by igniting the insulation of telephone cables in a utility shaft that ran vertically between floors.”
BUSH WATCHED THE FIRST PLANE HIT THE TOWER
BUSH SAYS HE SAW THE FIRST PLANE IMPACT
December 4th, 2001 – Orange County Convention Center. Orlando, Florida. Town Hall Meeting.
“I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower — the TV was obviously on.”George W. Bush Orlando, Florida. December 4, 2001. Whitehouse New Release
January 5th, 2002. – President Holds Town Hall Forum on Economy in California
“I had seen this plane fly into the first building.” George W. Bush. Ontario, California. January 5, 2002. Whitehouse New Release
On January 5, 2002, Bush stated: “Well, I was sitting in a schoolhouse in Florida… and my Chief of Staff; well, first of all, when we walked into the classroom, I had seen this plane fly into the first building. There was a TV set on. And you know, I thought it was pilot error and I was amazed that anybody could make such a terrible mistake. And something was wrong with the plane…” [White House, 1/5/02]
“THE PET GOAT”
While America was “under attack” Bush remained seated in the classroom reading the children for at least another 8 minutes.
THE PET GOAT
Bush’s Seven Minutes of Silence
‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ – My Pet Goat