1945 Empire State B-25 Crash vs 9-11

      Conspiracy theorists often use the fact that the Empire State Building remained standing after a B-25 bomber crashed into it in 1945 as proof that the WTC collapse was a controlled demolition. However, they ignore the following facts: First, as we see from the table found here, the B-25 is much smaller than a Boeing 767.  That and the B-25 also has a much lower fuel capacity.

            Second, the B-25 that hit the Empire State building was lost in the thick fog and was going slowly- logic dictates that the pilot would have slowed down in such thick fog.  This is verified here. September 11, 2001 was a nice, clear day. Furthermore, as the aforementioned link  points out, the Boeing 767’s that hit the north and south towers (American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, respectively)   were going approximately 470 MPH and 590 MPH, respectively.  Before some “truther” makes the obvious statement that the speeds don’t match the cruising speeds in the table here, they should remember that cruising speed and maximum speed are NOT the same thing.  For example, if you’re doing 65-70 MPH down the freeway, that’s CRUISING speed. If you floor it, that’s MAXIMUM speed.

            Third, there was much less fuel in the B-25 that hit the Empire State Building than there was in the 767’s that hit the twin towers. As we see here, the” normal total fuel load” of a B-25 bomber is about 974 US gallons, and, logically, a fair amount of fuel would have already been consumed by the plane while it was in flight.  UA Flight 175 and AA Flight 11, on the other hand, still had about 10,000 gallons of fuel on impact.

            Fourth, as seen at this site, the B-25 that hit the Empire State Building only hit one floor; the planes on 9-11 hit MULTIPLE floors. Hint: This means there was less structural damage done to the Empire State Building

            Finally, here is the biggest difference between the two crashes- the World Trade Center and the Empire State Building had DIFFERENT DESIGNS. The difference is pointed out here. Specifically, the Empire State Building consists of concrete-encased steel columns in a grid on every floor, which results in a lack of open space. The World Trade Center, however, contained exterior steel columns that were attached to the core columns by lightweight steel trusses to allow more open space. 

            In short, comparing the 1945 B-25 Empire State Building crash to the events of 9-11 is comparing apples to oranges.

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Posted February 7, 2008 by Victor Chabala in Real 9/11 Facts

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