- Only a scant few seconds before TWA Flight
800 exploded on July 17, 1996 and fell from the sky, a burning, twisted
cauldron of flame raining debris and passengers to the water thousands
of feet below, a random series of sunset photographs were taken on Long
Island...one of which now appears to offer solid proof a missle was in
the air at the time of the tragedy.
- The photos were taken during a restaurant
party held as a fundraiser for Mayor Vincent Cannuscio's coming political
campaign. The invitation to the party read: "Come enjoy a beautiful
sunset on Long Island." Invited guest Linda Kabot was casually walking
among the partygoers at Docker's restaurant on East Quogue Beach and began
taking photos of the guests and the sunset at 8:21 pm...and continued taking
them until a blast was heard by everyone coming from the sky above and
out over the ocean. It wasn't long thereafter that the party and the rest
of the nation heard the reports that the huge Boeing 747, just departed
from John F. Kennedy International Airport, had exploded in a fireball
killing all 230 passengers and crew on board.
- The official time of the plane's takeoff
was 8:19pm. Ms. Kabot began taking her photos at 8:21 pm. One particular
photograph, analyzed below, happened to capture an object that was seen
by at least one of the guests at the party. This key photo was shown, among
other locations, on NBC TV and in Paris Match Magazine.
- Below are a series of exclusive computer
enhancements of the photo in question done by computer graphics analyst
Liz Edwards of IWonder Productions. Until Ms. Edwards analysis, no one
has demonstrated the expertise or creativity to successfuly bring out the
detail of the tiny dark object in the highlighted circle on the picture.
#100: Earlier superficial analysis suggested
these white dots were related to the dark object. However, according to
Liz Edwards' enhancement and analysis, the white dots do not necessarily
bear direct relation to the small, dark object.
- #101: Liz Edwards' first enhancement
of the original NBC photograph shows the two white dots and the small,
dark object just BELOW the white dot on the left.
#102: The second enhancement by Ms. Edwards
shows an enlargement of the object which reveals what appears to be a clearly
defined 'missile' shape flying from right to left in the frame. Notice
what appears to be a reduced diameter of the 'fuselage' and almost conical
ending, or exhaust nozzle, on the right end. Out of that 'nozzle' appears
to be small round white 'flame' and a perfect stream of rocket exhaust
extending directly away and to the right.
- #103: In this enhancement, Ms. Edwards
has 'reversed' the black and white image and the object is seen to perfectly
maintain its silhouette and 'exhaust' field as before.
- #104: This is a special process employed
by Ms. Edwards to bring out the pixel shape of the object in the picture.
- #105: A blow-up of the NBC photograph
to show the area of the computer enhancement. The object is in the center
underneath the smaller white dot.
- #106: An extreme close-up of the small,
dark object. What do you think it is?
The American AN/ALE Drone missile provides
an interesting profile when compared to the enhanced object in Linda Kabot's
photograph. The military has a number of small drones and missiles which
would tend to overlay nicely with the basic profile of the object.
Big Cover-Up In Crash
Of TWA 800
NTSB, BOEING AND TWA DENIED ACCESS
Aircraft accidents are normally investigated by the NTSB, which is supposed
to have the expertise to deal with technical evidence. In the case of the
crash of TWA Flight 800, however, the FBI was brought in to take over key
parts of the investigation, ostensibly to investigate potential criminal
aspects of the crash.
- It has now become clear, however, that
the role of the FBI in the investigation has been the exact opposite. Consider
- (*) The FBI interviewed 458 witnesses
of whom 183 reported seeing a streak of light. During the FBI/CIA press
conference on the crash, only 244 witness statements were mentioned.
- (*) What about the remaining witnesses?
Retired Navy Commander William Donaldson reports that FBI agents tried
to get witnesses who reported seeing a streak, consistent with a missile,
to change their story.
- (*) A Boeing lawyer last week told the
Associated Press that Boeing and TWA had been denied access to FBI statements
from the witnesses who said they had seen a missile near the plane. Boeing
and TWA now have asked a judge to grant them access to the information.
- (*) Even the NTSB was prevented by the
FBI from interviewing 96 witnesses who claimed to have seen a streak of
light rise from the surface, according to Aviation Week & Space Technology.
- (*) FBI Assistant Director James K. Kallstrom
insisted that the recent public NTSB hearing on the crash exclude any reference
to what the 96 witnesses saw.
- (*) The FBI launched an investigation
of journalist James Sanders when he published a book on the crash. Sanders
has now been arrested on frivolous charges of illegally obtaining government
property, pieces of seat fabric, for his independent investigation.
- (*) On May 13, Long Island resident Dede
Muma accidentally received a fax from Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. The fax
had been intended for the FBI as a response to an inquiry about potential
missile target drone pieces found near the crash site. When Muma called
the FBI, she was asked to send along the fax and destroy the original.
When asked what would happen if she didn't, the FBI told her "We'll
have to investigate you." Muma didn't destroy the original, and instead
gave it to the Southampton Press.
- (*) President Clinton on March 11 signed
an executive order limiting federal whistle-blower protection of the Naval
Special Warfare Development Group. According to both Donaldson and Sanders,
a Navy recovery team was used to recover debris from a particularly sensitive
area of the crash site.
- While it might be possible that a missile
did not bring down TWA Flight 800, the FBI is certainly going to extraordinary
lengths to make certain that the missile theory is not even considered.
- Navy Missile Drone Debris
- Found At TWA Crash Site?
© 07-28-97 Ian Williams Goddard
- The Southampton Press  reports that
on May 13th, Long Island resident Dede Muma accidently received a fax from
Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical  that was intended for the FBI's office in
Calverton, Long Island. The fax indicates that parts of a U.S. Navy missile
target drone, a BQM-34 Firebee I , may have been found in the wreckage
of TWA 800.
- The reason that Muma accidently received
the fax, which she passed on to the Southampton Press, was probably because
her fax number is 369-4310, while the FBI's number is 369-4301. About the
fax, the Southampton Press states:
- Official documents faxed mistakenly to
a Riverhead resident...show that the Federal Bureau of Investigation...was
investigating whether pieces of debris found among the wreckage of TWA
Fight 800 were the remnants of an aerial target drone used by the U.S.
- The fax shows a diagram of what appears
to be a missile, along with a breakdown of its tail section and a parts
- The object shown in the fax was identified
this week by Jane's Information Services in Alexandria, Virginia as a Teledyne
Ryan BQM-34 Firebee I, an air or surface- launched recoverable aerial target.
- The targets are used all over the world,
including within the military "warning areas" that come as close
as about 10 nautical miles off Moriches Inlet in the Atlantic Ocean. The
Navy practices shoot- ing down drones within the warning areas.
- Ms. Muma said she called the FBI when
she received the [Firebee] fax... Ms. Muma was told to "send it along
to them, [the FBI] and destroy the original." She said she asked what
would happen if she didn't do so, and was told "we'll have to investigate
- The source of the fax, Teledyne Ryan
Aeronautical of San Diego, CA, manufactures Firebee drones for the Navy.
The "Firebee fax" Muma received was sent from Erich Hittinger
of Teledyne to FBI agent Ken Maxwell, who was to pass it on to a Teledyne
Ryan representative at the FBI's Long Island office, Walt Hamilton.
- Hittinger of Teledyne Ryan told the Southampton
Press that the FBI contacted them to ask if orange pieces of debris found
at the TWA 800 crash site were from one of their Firebee drones, which
are also orange . Hamilton was then flown from San Diego to the FBI's
Long Island facility to examine the suspected Firebee debris. According
to Hittinger, Hamilton concluded that the orange metal "wasn't from
our Firebee," which suggests that it was from someone's Firebee, but
- Question: If your business depended upon
government contracts, would you be inclined to prove that the government,
your employer, killed people? It could prove to be a fatal business decision.
- WITH NAVY DRONE DEBRIS IN
- In early May 1997, while the FBI had
pieces of debris that they suspected came from a U.S. Navy missile-drone,
what was the FBI telling us? FBI Director Louis Freeh was telling us it
looks like the crash "was a catastrophic mechanical failure."
 FBI agent James Kallstrom was saying: "We see no evidence of a
piece of shrapnel from a missile or a warhead going through the plane."
- On May 12th Newsday  reported that
with no evidence of a missile or foul play, the FBI was planning to end
its investigation by early August. Clearly, as we have already seen with
the cover- up of the explosives residue , there is no correlation between
the FBI's public-relations front and the true story behind the scenes.
- Rather than telling the truth that they
suspected a Navy missile-drone was involved, the FBI was pushing "mechanical
failure" while simultaneously intimidating Dede Muma with threats
of an invest- igation against her for refusing to destroy her errantly
acquired evidence of U.S. Navy culp- ability in the downing of TWA Flight
- HEAVY MILITARY AIRTRAFFIC
- The skies off the Long Island shore on
July 17, 1996 were filled with aircraft. Not only were several Air National
Guard aircraft in the air, and not only was a high-speed vehicle heading
toward TWA 800 as reported by eyewitnesses, radar, and a satellite, but
a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion was flying almost directly above TWA 800 when the
- Furthermore, several mysterious small
aircraft fitting the profile of target drones were also seen in the area.
Not only did Linda Kabot photo- graph what seems to be a drone missile
, but the Long Island newspaper The Independent  reported that witnesses
saw a "smaller plane" flying near TWA 800 at crash time. Indeed,
a Firebee drone looks like a "smaller plane."
- Even more, as I watched CNN on the night
of the crash, a pilot was interviewed who said he saw what looked like
a "stunt plane" crash into TWA 800. A Firebee looks like a "stunt
plane," and alas, it seems that they may have found parts of this
"stunt plane" in TWA 800.
- Yet more, the Boston Globe  reported
that in addition to seeing "a brilliant flare-like glow that streaked
toward the plane," witnesses also saw "a low-flying aircraft
without lights cruising off shore." Could that aircraft without lights
have been one of the aerial target drones, perhaps Firebees, launched from
Wallops Island on July 17th?  Drones can fly for hundreds of miles.
- That there was such heavy military air-traffic
on July 17 should not be a big surprise because there was a massive offshore
military war-game called "Global Yankee '96"  underway at
the time. Virtually all the military assets in the air around TWA 800 that
evening, including the Air National Guard aircraft, where scheduled to
be involved in "Global Yankee '96." 
- With such heavy military air-traffic
and wargames in the area around TWA 800, which was on the "Betty track"
(a safe route around active naval exercise zones), is it a surprise that
over 150 witnesses saw TWA 800 being hit by a missile-like projectile?
Is it a surprise that parts of a Navy missile-drone may have been found
among the debris of TWA 800? I would dare to say that it is not a surprise.
Pictures of reassembled TWA 800 wreckage
with missile impact holes