Following the CIA's video and the discussion on the net regarding how a test with model aircraft would turn out, Net Eagle went out and actually performed the experiment.
The test starts as the glider is hand launched. A device inside the model aircraft is counting down to begin the release of the nose of the aircraft after a few seconds. The model aircraft looks very much like a Boeing 747 in flight. The glider is in stable flight at this time. I placed a green dot near a tree branch in the following pictures as a position marker.
About two seconds later the nose has just separated from the main portion of the fuselage. Notice how the rear portion of the aircraft has already dropped down causing the wings and horizontal stabilizer to stall. At this point the aircraft is no longer flying. The forward speed of the aircraft is rapidly dropping. The stalled wings are no longer lifting the aircraft.
The nose (circled in red) continues forward with only a small loss in forward speed. The rear portion of the aircraft's speed is almost zero and the tail end of the fuselage has dropped down een further. This terrific deceleration is what broke the necks of almost every victim on Flight 800. The rear portion of the model rose only about one foot after nose separation.
The nose of the model aircraft is no longer in the picture. The remainder of the aircraft is now falling tail first. There is no more forward speed. I made numerous tests, taping each test and each test had the same results. The jet engines on Flight 800 must have flamed out very soon after the nose separated. Flight 800 stopped flying the instant the nose separated.
© 1998 by Richard Hirsch.
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