Hani Hanjour, aerobatic jet pilot?
Alleged flight 77 (Pentagon) pilot Hani Hanjour had a history of great
difficulties in his efforts to learn to fly. As late as Aug. 2001, he was unable
to demonstrate enough piloting skills to rent a Cessna 172.
See for example this article from Newsday
At Freeway Airport in Bowie, Md., 20 miles west of
Washington, flight instructor Sheri Baxter instantly recognized the name of
alleged hijacker Hani Hanjour when the FBI released a list of 19 suspects in
the four hijackings. Hanjour, the only suspect on Flight 77 the FBI listed as
a pilot, had come to the airport one month earlier seeking to rent a small
However, when Baxter and fellow instructor Ben Conner
took the slender, soft-spoken Hanjour on three test runs during the second
week of August, they found he had trouble controlling and landing the
single-engine Cessna 172. Even though Hanjour showed a federal pilot's license
and a log book cataloging 600 hours of flying experience, chief flight
instructor Marcel Bernard declined to rent him a plane without more lessons.
Certainly there is no evidence that Hanjour ever had any sort of practice
flying commercial jetliners or any jet-propelled aircraft.
However, air traffic controller Danielle O'Brien, who tracked the radar
signal from Flight 77, stated that it was flown like a fighter jet.
"The speed, the maneuverability, the way that he
turned, we all thought in the radar room, all of us experienced air traffic
controllers, that that was a military plane," says O'Brien. "You
don't fly a 757 in that manner. It's unsafe."
The plane was between 12 and 14 miles away, says
O'Brien, "and it was just a countdown. Ten miles west. Nine miles west
… Our supervisor picked up our line to the White House and started relaying
to them the information, [that] we have an unidentified very fast-moving
aircraft inbound toward your vicinity, 8 miles west."
Vice President Cheney was rushed to a special
basement bunker. White House staff members were told to run away from the
"And it went six, five, four. And I had it in my
mouth to say, three, and all of a sudden the plane turned away. In the room,
it was almost a sense of relief. This must be a fighter. This must be one of
our guys sent in, scrambled to patrol our capital, and to protect our
president, and we sat back in our chairs and breathed for just a second,"
But the plane continued to turn right until it had
made a 360-degree maneuver.
"We lost radar contact with that aircraft. And
we waited. And we waited. And your heart is just beating out of your chest
waiting to hear what's happened," says O'Brien. "And then the
Washington National [Airport] controllers came over our speakers in our room
and said, 'Dulles, hold all of our inbound traffic. The Pentagon's been
When I wrote my earlier articles on remote control, I was
inclined to discount the issues surrounding pilot capabilities. I was
concerned that readers would give the benefit of the doubt to the
"terrorists" and believe that they somehow managed to carry off the
mission in spite of their lack of training. However, I received the
following mail from a reader, who convinced me that this is a serious problem
indeed for those who believe the official story.
While in the Air Force I worked on
heat-seeking, video, electro-optical, and laser-guided air-to-air and
air-to-ground missiles and bombs. As a profession today I work in computer
network engineering. As a hobby I am an avid fisherman very familiar with the
concepts of GPS. From my perspective it would be a piece of cake to build a
back door access into an aircraft's avionics and sieze control of the vessel.
We do it all the time with computers. It uses the
Telnet protocol and programs such as LanDesk, which are widely available. With
it we take control of a remote computer (remote control) and fix it while the
end-user sits there and watches their mouse cursor move all over the screen,
windows opening and closing, and their computer will not respond to any input
they give it. And now we can do it in a wireless setting using hubs and
switches that work with IR light to transmit digital signals. This is really
ancient technology in the computer industry. The need to control computers
half way around the world started as soon as Al Gore invented the internet.
lol GPS technology is nothing more that electro-optical technology taken to a
much higher degree. E/O and laser guided weapons rely on an energy source to
"paint" the target. The weapon uses the reflection as a homing
beacon which guides it directly, and with the nth degree of precision, to the
target. Using GPS fish locating equipment I can return to a spot in the middle
of a 10,000 acre lake exactly. Not close, exactly. To guide a plane to a
target the size of the WTC would be no sweat.
All that said, as unbelievable as people would like
that scenario to seem, it violates me much less than the one that is being
peddled. Imagine a 25-30 year old man that has never driven anything bigger
than a family sedan, and never driven over 55 MPH. Then take this man and put
him in an 18 wheeler in a city he does not know. Tell him he must drive that
truck across town at 80 MPH to an address he does not have a map to
find. Just tell him it is southwest from where you are. Make him do this
at the rush hour. Then if he does arrive at the correct address, he must back
that truck up to the loading dock and do it perfectly the first time. And he
must do all this without incident of any sort. Then realize the pilots were
flying an aircraft 2000 times larger than anything they had ever flown before.
And they were not flying 50% faster than they had ever flown, but 400% faster.
Then factor in that these young men knew they would be going to meet Allah.
Imagine how their hearts would be racing and their hands shaking. And we get
three direct, dead-center hits. That is what stretches my imagination, not the
remote control part.
One is the cockpit of a Cessna single engine
aircraft, the other is a 767. The guy that says it is no sweat to jump from
one to the other is the same guy that played a little high school ball then
watches the pros and figures with some workouts he could do that. A complete
lack of respect for what the other guy can do.
I played a little football in juco, we took 2nd in
the nation. Four guys on my team ended up in the NFL. I was not one of them. I
found out the difference between 6', 220#, and a 4.9 forty and 6'6",
265#, and a 4.7 forty. If it was that easy we would all be doing it and it
would pay six bucks an hour.
Posted 9/28/2002, Jerry Russell
An alternative explanation of the events at the Pentagon is the
"missile theory", which is probably the Number One Most
Contentious issue amongst 911-skeptics. The arguments have been very
Early news releases included three photographs that seemed to show
aircraft debris at the Pentagon, but missile theory advocates disagree that the
fragments came from a jetliner. Very recently more photos have been located, but
some of them have no context to prove they were from the Pentagon. (See http://www.rense.com/general32/phot.htm)
Everyone agrees that if the plane didn't crash at the Pentagon, it must
have gone somewhere else -- but no trace has been found. David McGowan mentioned
that a reader wrote him to say that there were media reports of a plane crash in
Colorado that day, which were quickly squelched and never heard from again.
Personally I am inclined to accept the photographs showing that an
airliner struck the Pentagon, even though there are many troubling
inconsistencies in this version of events. However, I have no reason to doubt
the sincerity or the sanity of anyone who has taken the other side in this