What to do?
|Mrs bin and I were never very happy about using this still. It's small and not very sharp but it was the only shot we had of the plane that hit the South Tower taken from underneath. Even so, a rudimentary analysis seemed to indicate that the proportions were all wrong for a blunt-nosed 200 series, a major contradiction in the "cavemen did it" theory.
The still is a blowup from a video taken by ABC News. There is a certain amount of blur which, in my opinion, would imply it was recorded on analogue media (either film or video), e.g. it is not too clear where the nose actually begins, ditto for the engines. The shutter on a conventional film camera opens for a fraction of a second and records all it sees. If, as in this case, we have a fast moving object, the camera will record a blur.
|Of course, the whole business is a subject for hot debate on many internet forums. Someone on Democratic Underground attempted to counter our site, and its many photos of strange objects attached on the plane's underbelly, with this photo from an Interim Report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) (be warned this is an 8 MB pdf).
Now, far be it from me to find fault with the NIST, but I think they've been diddled. Sure, the bulge seems to be missing here, but the shadow between the wings doesn't seem convincing. (See bigger version of same photo here). It looks altered and has a slight reddish tint. And there's still the long pipe running down the fuselage.
However, that's not what interested me when I saw this. After our previous exercise we were on the lookout for a crisper picture and this was it. Better, these stills seem to have been taken on digital video. In contrast to analogue video, digital video takes sharp stills that are not dependent on how long a mechanical shutter stays open. You notice this when watching sports on TV. Instead of the motion blur from analogue producing a smooth movement on screen, digital video produces a series of jerky stills when an object, whether player or ball, moves quickly.
And casting my eye on the stills, the nose continues to look too long for a blunt-nosed Boeing 767-222 like plane N612UA.
So, back to the drawing board....
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