September 11th Remembered in 3D in Google Earth

WTC under attack in Google EarthI noticed a popular model at the Google 3DWarehouse today was this one showing the World Trade Center buildings under attack viewable in Google Earth. This screenshot is of the GE 4 version, but there is a GE 3 version as well. It is sad to think of the senseless waste of life and material caused by a few misguided individuals – and the resulting increased level of control over everyone’s lives to try and protect us from evil insanity. It is hard to believe it has been 5 years already.
[EDIT: added another scene from 9/11] Here is the Pentagon as Flight 77 approached before it crashed into the building. From this post by ‘meiradarocha’. Wikipedia on Flight 77.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. since there is such amazing detail, and hard work put into this, I feel obligated to to mention that it is unfortunately backwards. it illustrates the north tower being hit from the south and west ( the location of the impact hole ) with smoke flowing to the north. In actuality the aircraft came down manhattan island from the north and the smoke billowed ( for a week ) to the south, and slightly west. I was a lower manhattan resident at the time of the attack.
    nice work otherwise.

  2. The South Tower collapsed at 9:59 am The North Tower collapsed at 10:28 am And 7 World Trade Center collapsed at 5:20 pm. All of the building next to the World Trade Center were destoryed except World Financial Center. At 2006, the buildings next to the World Trade Center site is replaced.

  3. When I download this 3D model it appears in the sea. On the bar on the left hand side it says temporary places so when i click out of that the towers dissapear completely. Can someone help me with this problem?

  4. Mike Jackson says:

    What is truly amazing is the almost 7 years after this attack, the individual who is truly responsible, Osama Bin Laden, is still running around bragging about it!!!

  5. An American says:

    Why doesn’t Google have a banner in memory of 9/11 – they had MJ banner, but not for folks that died that were apparently not as important as MJ….very sad :{

  6. It is pretty good looking. But the smoke is blowing in the opposite direction is should be. There was no gaping hole in the side of the North Tower, and there should be more smoke. Flight 175 should be tilted. Good job otherwise.

  7. ACSBehemothHellcat says:

    Now the next project should be the collapse of the Towers

  8. ACSBehemothHellcat says:

    To fix the location problems, get Google SketchUp 7.

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