Live Video - "The Skipping Airbus""
At a first glance there does not appear to be anything wrong with the UA175 aircraft in
the Live Video. Analysis shows that the UA175 aircraft increases in length as it nears
the towers and the bank angle increases linearly throughout the approach.
What appears to be a bulge on the forward section of the fuselage is in fact the starboard
engine nacelle rising up from behind the fuselage as the bank angle increases.
The high position of the starboard engine nacelle gives the illusion that the forward
section of the fuselage is bulging in a similar way to the Boeing 747.
The is more noticeable in the CG comparison image below which was scanned from
the DVD front cover of 'REMEMBER September 11, 2001'.
to view the DVD front cover in its entirety.
The airframe is more or less the correct size and would have appeared
as a silhouette because the sun was behind of, and in front of, the aircraft.
Dynamic reflectivity testing in Flight Simulator showed
that there would be no noticeable specular reflections off the UA175 aircraft from the
But a closer examination from the DVD video shows that the fuselage ahead of
the wings is too short for it to have been from a Boeing 767-200,
and the port engine nacelle looks slightly out of place further
down the wing and protruding further in front
from beneath the port wing than it should be.
After searching through various aircraft models the closest match I could find was the
Even though the Airbus A310 is the closest match for the UA175 aircraft (see below) seen in the
"Live" Video there are still noticeable visual differences between the two.
The port engine nacelle looks surprisingly small,
the sweep back angle / wing dihedral angle conflicts with the CG A310 and
the starboard wing has a marked amount of curvature to it.
These effects could be the product of limitations in the video recording process
and the motion blur on the UA175 aircraft (either real motion blur or simulated
United Airlines were not operating this particular type of Airbus model in 2001.
The Airbus A310 option would account for the visual appearance in the Live video but
why would the movie makers opt for an aircraft that was at odds with the forthcoming 'official version'
of events? Was the wrong choice of aircraft deliberate or accidental?
What is even more peculiar about this Live Video is that the UA175 aircraft does not seem to be flying a smooth descent path like the other UA175 aircraft from other videos. There appears to be a downward stepping effect at regular intervals that gives the appearance of a kind of downward skipping (see below) effect which would be impossible for any kind of normal aircraft.
Here I've isolated the step in photoshop using the 'time lapse'
technique to eliminate camera shake.
My calculations show that each step equates to about 3 or 4 times the native descent path:
Unless this stepping effect can be explained as a byproduct of the
video recording process or an aerodynamic consequence of high speed
flight then the Live Video can not be showing us a real aircraft.
It is conceivable that the aircraft has been dubbed live into the video to
conceal what was actually there and that this stepping effect could be the hallmark of
the video technology that was utilised for this effect.
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