Photos of Remains of the Twin Towers in Hangar 17
In an airplane hangar at New York’s Kennedy Airport, fewer than 30 pieces of steel remain from the debris recovered after terrorists flew hijacked planes into the World Trade Center’s twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Even 14 years after the attacks, applications are still pending for the pieces of metal — mostly for memorials and museum exhibits. Fewer than 70 other artifacts such as clothing or toys also remain in Hangar 17 at Kennedy Airport.
Here’s a look at what has become of the relics of the World Trade Center:
Perimeter Column Trees
The North Tower Antenna
Beginning in August 1968, builders used 200,000 tons of steel to build the World Trade Center complex, enough to raise the twin towers to heights of 1,362 feet (south tower) and 1,368 feet (north tower). Out of 1.8 million tons of debris removed from the site after the attacks, recovery workers collected 840 pieces of steel, some of which were cut up to make a total of 2,200 separate items. They ranged from 6-inch slabs to massive beams to the 7.5 tons the Navy used in the construction of the warship USS New York.
The artifacts can be found anchoring memorials or museum exhibits in all 50 states and eight countries: Germany, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Afghanistan, China and Ireland.
Thirty applications are pending approval, and 40 others are in the review process. No piece of steel was recycled or discarded. The Port Authority’s mission was to preserve the artifacts and distribute them to worthy groups to memorialize the attacks.
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