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35,284. No-one that I knew of knew they [Twin Towers] were going to implode. That came as a complete surprise. (9/11 & 9/11 Twin Towers) Rudy Giuliani, television interview
34,958. Where did they go? ... It was mostly air. Philippe Petit
34,959. 'I think I love them [Twin Towers] from the inside ... I love their strength and their arrogance.' (9/11 & New York) New York: Centre of the World I PBS, Philippe
34,960. For nearly thirty years they stood at the foot of Manhattan. Two of the tallest and most instantly recognisable structures on Earth. (9/11 & New York) ibid.
34,961. His elder brother Nelson was sworn in as governor of New York State. (9/11 & Rockefeller & New York) ibid.
34,962. The Rockefeller brothers had managed to make a half billion real estate capital not only plausible but inevitable. (9/11 & Rockefeller & New York) ibid.
34,963. The Port Authority prevailed on every front. (9/11 & New York) ibid.
34,964. In early January 1974 he [Philippe Petit, high wife artist] flew to New York for the first time. (9/11 & Tightrope Walking & New York) New York: Centre of the World II, PBS
34,965. 'I actually find myself trespassing.' (9/11 & Tightrope Walking & New York) ibid. Philippe Petit
34,966. 'The Towers – the more I got to know them the more they are alive ... my friends.' (9/11 & Tightrope Walking & New York) ibid.
34,967. The hour of the coup finally arrived: at six o’clock on the evening of Tuesday August 6th 1974 ... Three heavy crates of equipment. (9/11 & Tightrope Walking & New York) ibid.
34,968. And a bow and arrow. (9/11 & Tightrope Walking & New York) ibid.
34,969. Petit was immediately taken into custody and rudely manhandled down into an underground police station ... No less than fourteen misdemeanours. (9/11 & Tightrope Walking & New York) ibid.
34,970. The astonishing feat of high-wire poetry was the highest point in Philippe Petit's life and in many ways in the lives of the Twin Towers themselves. (9/11 & Tightrope Walking & New York) ibid.
34,971. An instant folk hero. (9/11 & Tightrope Walking & New York) ibid.
34,972. Petit himself would never lose his love of the Towers. (9/11 & Tightrope Walking & New York) ibid.
34,973. He would return to the high perch whenever he could. (9/11 & Tightrope Walking & New York) ibid.
34,974. A day of seemingly infinite visibility, one man later said. (9/11 & Tightrope Walking & New York) ibid.
34,975. The machinery of the largest media apparatus in the world began to focus on the sixty acre site. (9/11 & New York) ibid.
34,976. Paper on that day was a constant presence. (9/11 & New York) ibid.
34,977. High up in both towers the raging fires were now generating three to five times the heat of a nuclear power plant. And the interior temperature had soared in places to nearly 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. (9/11 & New York) ibid.
34,978. The floor trusses on the 80th floor of the South Tower began to give way, columns along the east wall began to buckle outwards, and the entire building began to come down. (9/11 & New York) ibid.
34,979. Chaos on some mathematical level ... Hurtled into the ground at a virtual freefall ... A surreal landscape of smoke and flames. ibid.
40,009. Early morning September 11th 2001 at Logan Airport Boston: a group of radical extremists board two passenger flights. 9/11: Mass Murder in the Sky, Channel 5 2014
35,371. September 11th 2001 began as a very normal day. Two hours later two thousand eight hundred people were dead. And two of the most famous buildings in the world lay in ruins. Horizon: Fall of the World Trade Centre, 2002
34,980. Was the collapse of the buildings inevitable? And need so many people have died? ibid.
34,981. It began in 1966 with a radical dream. The World Trade Centre Towers were designed to be more modern, more at the cutting edge, and taller than any skyscraper ever built. They would launch a new wave in modern building methods. The head structural engineer on the project was Leslie Robertson who was then just thirty-four years old ... To support most of the downward weight of the building Robertson created a separate inner core made of steel girders. The core also housed the lifts and emergency skeletons. But neither the outer skeleton nor the inner core could stand alone. So Robertson used steel floor trusses to knit the whole thing together ... The floor trusses had a vital structural role. They held the Towers firm, bracing the outer skeleton against the inner core. Without the trusses the Towers could not stand. Their performance is now at the heart of the investigation into what happened. Their performance is now at the heart into the investigation of what happened. ibid.
34,982. The Towers were the first skyscrapers ever built explicitly to survive the impact of a plane. ibid.
34,983. In fact in 1993 they seemed to pass the ultimate test. Terrorists exploded a huge bomb underneath the World Trade Centre Complex. It blew a ninety foot hole through five floors, killing six people. But the Towers stood completely firm. ibid.
35,372. The plane had dislodged or destroyed many of the floor trusses. And those still in place had most of their fire-proofing blown off. ibid.
35,373. Initially the South Tower responded well. And seemed capable of standing. But in one vital respect it had been hit in a more critical place than the North Tower: it had been struck far lower down which meant the damaged structure was having to bear a much heavier load. Inside the Tower the plane had again destroyed many floor trusses, and striped the fire protection off others. ibid.
35,131. On 9/11 one company – Morgan Stanley – managed to evacuate nearly all its staff. One of the reasons is that for years the Head of Security – Rick Rescoria – had been subjecting his colleagues to frequent fire drills. Horizon: How to Survive a Disaster, BBC 2009
34,984. The book My Pet Goat has been banned because of its ritualistic undertones dedicated to the satanic entity Pan ... The words of the book were the ones being chanted by the classroom as the attacks were taking place. The Arrivals
34,985. In their definition, in a numerological sense 10 is the alpha and omega or God. 11 is a step above God ... 9 + 1 + 1 or 9/11 is the skipping of God. It is the ultimate challenge. It is going from #9 which has a specific meaning to #11 without going through God – it’s skipping God. ibid.