The Top Lies and Deceptions of Loose Change 11-20
11. Claim: The only damage to the outer wall of the Pentagon was a single hole, no more than 16 feet in diameter.
Truth: The hole was approximately 90 feet wide. The 16 foot measurement was only achieved by looking at pictures where the rest of the hole was obscured by smoke and foam from the firefighters. Source
12. Claim: No wreckage was found on the Pentagon lawn.
Truth: There are numerous pictures of plane wreckage, including those with the American Airlines paint scheme. Source
13. Claim: A 16 foot hole was punched in the C ring of the Pentagon by the airplane’s soft carbon fiber nose.
Truth: It was a 12 foot hole, and it was made by the much more resilient nose landing gear. Source
14. Claim: A cruise missile hit the Pentagon
Truth: Over a hundred documented witnesses, and many more unrecorded, saw in broad daylight a large commercial jetliner crash into the Pentagon. Many even specifically identified the airline. To this day, not a single person has come forward claiming to have seen a cruise missile. Source, source.
15. Claim: A white marking on the lawn the week before indicated the path of the crash.
Truth: This section of the Pentagon was being renovated and cables were being laid. And why would a cruise missile need directions anyway? Source
16. Claim: A number of military personnel at the Pentagon specifically mentioned smelling cordite.
Truth: The person (not a number of military personnel) in question was a lawyer not a munitions expert, and cordite is used in ammunition, not explosives. Source
17. Claim: WTC 7, a 47 story office building 300 feet away from the North Tower, suddenly collapsed for no reason.
Truth: There was nothing sudden about it. The building was hit by falling debris from one of the towers, was missing much of one corner, had a huge hole in the middle and was on fire for hours. The building had started leaning and making creaking noises so fire department officials ordered the evacuation of the area over an hour earlier. Source and here
18. Claim: On July 28th, 1945, a B-52 bomber lost in the fog crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building, 14 people dead, 1 million dollars in damage. But, the building stands intact to this day.
Truth: It was a B-25 bomber (the B-52 was not produced until 9 years later), a propeller driven plane about 1/10th the size of a 767, and was traveling about ¼ the speed. The fire only covered part of one floor, and was extinguished in less than an hour. Source
19. Claim: On February 23rd, 1991, a 38 story skyscraper in Philadelphia burned for more than 19 hours and spread over 8 floors. It did not collapse.
Truth: The firefighters fought the fire for 11 hours before they evacuated the building fearing a collapse. The building, which was never hit by an aircraft, was structurally unsound and later had to be demolished. Source
20. Claim: The south tower collapsed in just 9.2 seconds.
Truth: It is difficult to time because of all the smoke and debris, but it took significantly longer. Source