Wednesday, March 22, 2006

King Kong vs. 9/11
I just finished watching the new King Kong movie.

The thing that suprised me most was the response time of the fighter planes.

The only planes available in 1933, when this movie took place, were silly, barn-storming bi-planes with an average speed of about 100 mph.

Here is the response time of those planes (From the King Kong DVD):

2.23 King Kong Breaks Chains
2.33 King Kong Is Attacked By Planes
Total time: 10 minutes

On Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentegon, modern fighter planes (F-16s), not world war one-era bi-planes, were deployed. F-16s are capable of flying over 600 miles per hour.

Here are the response times of THOSE planes (From

08:45 Flight 11 strikes the World Trade Center's north tower at about the 80th floor.
09:49 Military F-16s arrive over Washington, D.C. to perform Combat Air Patrol over city.
Total Time: 1 Hour, 4 Minutes


Blogger dirtgirl said...

It just goes to show... FDR was a better President than GWB. Or Al Qaeda is a more wily opponent than Kong.

But I'm curious... King Kong isn't released on DVD until next week, yet you seem to have a copy. Is there something illegal going on???

11:38 AM  

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