The following image (from NTSB, cited under Fair Use for educational purposes) is of the reconstructed flight 800 747.
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The large oval to the left is the location of the center fuel tank. The circle to the right is the still-unexplained circular hole punched through the aircraft, well away from the center fuel tank location.
Most telling, however, are the panels on the upper fuselage top center. Across a clean break in the skin, we see a clear difference between a section of fuselage bearing scorch marks and singeing, to a section of fuselage without any burn marks at all! Had the center fuel tank been the initiating event that tore the 747 apart, the burn marks from the fuel explosion would be evident in equal measure on both sides of the break. The fact that the forward section shows no sign of such scorching proves it was ripped free of the 747 before the center fuel tank exploded.
Therefore, some other event tore the aircraft apart before the center fuel tank explosion occurred!
The green section to the left of the diagonal line is where the wing box fairing was attached, but has not been re attached in the reconstruction. The green is the standard Boeing paint color for all internal metal surfaces.
Using a database for a recent commercial featuring 747s, I've illustrated where the missing fairing was originally located, on the belly, just ahead of the wings.
This is an NTSB photo shown on CNN close up on the belly by the leading edge of the starboard wing. Not the cavernous hole leading up and into the plane. This location corresponds to the red residue found on the seats.
From NTSB via The Seattle Times.
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The single most notable aspect of this photo is that there is no hole corresponding to the obvious entrance hole circled to the right of the starboard reconstruction photo above. This would suggest that whatever object penetrated the starboard side never exited the plane at all!
Needless to say, the absence of a corresponding hole on the portside ends the claim that the starboard side hole is an exit. One can have an entrance without an exit from a missile, but never an exit with no entrance.
Another view of the portside.
A TWA 747-100 showing the "Livery", or paint job, for comparisons.
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