The Shoot Down of TWA800

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On July 17, 1996, at 8:19 p.m., TWA Flight 800 took off from JFK airport bound for Paris, France.  The Boeing 747-131 (N93119) had 230 passengers and crew aboard.  Off of Long Island, NY, their flight path paralleled   the northern edge of W-105.  Unknown to the crew and passengers, TWA800 was participating in a classified weapons test (GLOBAL YANKEE ’96) being conducted by the DoD inside of the restricted air space of W-105.

In response to the 1988 shoot down of Iran Air Flight 655 by the USS Vincennes, the DoD was developing a missile can discern from a hostile target and a civilian airliner.

W-105 was filled with US Navy vessels guarding “Neutral Vessels” when a BQM-34 “Firebee” target drone was launched and controlled by a P-3 Orion and headed to the coast. The missile being tested was fired from the USS Seawolf (SNN21). The Navy’s newest  SNN was participating even though it had not been commissioned yet. It would be commissioned a year later.

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The Seawolf’s Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC), which linked its weapon systems with the Aegis radar systems installed on other Navy ships participating in the exercise. Once the subsurface missile was launched, the Seawolf’s combat software no longer had control over the missile.

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Witnesses saw the missile searching for a target.  When it ignored the target and homed in on TWA800 a second missile was fired to intercept the first. The second missile did intercept the first but exploded inside of TWA800.  The two explosions witnessed were nine tenths of a second apart.  The second detonation exploded the fuel inside of the center fuel tank resulting in the massive fireball.  The fireball that the CIA as TWA800 climbing was the fireball of the test missile disintegrating.

THE SHOOT DOWN OF TWA800

The full  documentary can be seen here:

Silenced: TWA 800 and the Subversion of Justice (2001)

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Intercept Missile

THE COVER UP

Since 1996, independent investigators have found the following:

  • The “Highest Levels of Government” was Hillary Clinton, protecting her husband’s re-election.
  • According to the former Navy official, the missile test was so important for the Clinton administration, it was being shown live on a Navy closed-circuit television feed at the White House.
  • The Attorney General declared the wreakage a “crime scene and required the NTSB to relinquish control of the investigation to the FBI.
  • The FBI removed evidence and altered wreckage with impunity and without notifying the NTSB.
  • Two FBI agents were caught by airport security sneaking evidence from the hangar in the early morning hours.
  • James E. Hall was a Clinton Arkansas Crony and was the Chairman of the NTSB.  The Washington Post said his only qualifications for the position was his driver’s license.
  • Jim Sanders and TWA employee Liz Sanders were arrested by the FBI and convicted of stealing evidence. The evidence was snips of passenger seat covers with missile fuel residue. 

Two U.S. Navy salvage ships, the USS Grasp and USS Grapple, were sent to Long Island waters to recover TWA wreckage.  The green area was searched by the US Navy and all debris was turned over to the NTSB.  The red area was searched by Navy SEAL divers and none of the debris recovered was turned over to the NTSB.  The yellow area was searched by both teams and it was here that the “Black Box” recorder found.

SEAL’s have come forward stating that their mission was to remove any missile parts found.

REFERENCES

  1. Callahan, Maureen, (2016),“Was TWA Flight 800’s fiery crash part of a massive cover-up?” New York Post.
  2. Cashill, Jack, (2016), TWA 800: The Crash, the Cover-Up, and the Conspiracy , Simon & Schuster
  3. Cashill and Sanders, (2003), First Strike: TWA Flight 800 and the Attack on America, HarperCollins Publishing
  4. Fisher, Max, (2013),    The Forgotten Story of Iran Air Flight 655 ,         Washington Post
  5. Schultz, Gwyneth J. , (2009),  Accusations “reckless and a mistake,, U,S. Navy

The Crash of the Lake Mead Bomber

 

On the 21st of July, 1948, RB-29F  SN:45-21847 crashed into Lake Mead Reservoir, Nevada. The aircraft was flown out of NAWS China Lake, Armitage Field, Inyokern, California. Captain Robert M. Madison and the four man crew were participating in operation “Sun Tracker”. The purpose of this project was to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile guidance system that used the sun for direction and positioning.

Captain Robert M. Madison (rt) and his crew chatting with engineers.

 

The crash report states that the Star Tracker system operator requested a low pass on Lake Mead. I think the pilot just wanted to buzz the lake after a rather boring mission. The lake was glassy smooth that day and the pass was supposed to be at 300 feet. Due to the water conditions, Madison misjudged his height and hit the water.

 

In a wings level attitude, the B-29 skipped over the water once and came to rest hundreds of yards later where in settled wings level and sank. No MAYDAY call was made due to the abruptness of the mishap. The crew escaped without injury and then floated on Lake Mead for four and a half hours before being rescued.

Shipwreck #4 – The Secret Of Lake Mead from NPS Submerged Resources Center on Vimeo.

 

The wreck sat undisturbed until a private Daddy/Daughter dive team led by Gregg Mikolasek of In Depth Consulting found the wreck of the B-29 in the Overton Arm of Lake Mead, using side scan sonar. Because of the equipment on board the wreck’s approximate location and mission had remained classified by the Department of Defense until 2005.

This how the wreck appears in the video game “Fallout-New Las Vegas”. It’s not accurate because three of the four engines were sheared off in the crash.

The initial depth of over 600 feet kept the wreck out of reach of only experienced deep divers. The water level of Lake Mead has now dropped to a level that allows recreational divers to tour wreck and the site is manage by the National Park Service.

Through the years, rumors have been spread that the wreck is radioactive. This is not true because the crash happened four year before the first atomic test in Nevada occurred with SHOT ABLE at 5:45 27 local time on January 1951 at Frenchman Flat, Nevada.

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