MCOtoATL
Topic Author
Posts: 448
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 1999 12:01 pm

National And The Time Travel

Wed May 14, 2003 11:51 am

I tried to do a search but came up with nothing. I read about a flight (I think it was the old National Airlines) in which they somehow mysteriously disappeared for about 10 minutes or so, and yet the clocks on the plane were showing they were 10 minutes slow and no one on board noticed anything irregular. Does this ring any bells? There was a book written about this as well. Can anyone provide details?
Thanks.
 
LoneStarMike
Posts: 2802
Joined: Sat Jul 01, 2000 1:02 pm

RE: National And The Time Travel

Wed May 14, 2003 12:47 pm

First, click here

I found a few references to this incident on the Internet, although they didn't supply much info.

This is an excerpt from an article about the Bermuda Triangle

In certain cases there have been people who disappear and then reappear. There was a case in the late 1969 where a National Airlines 727 passenger aircraft flying into Miami had lost all radar and radio contact for 10 minutes. Of course, the air traffic controller was highly freaked out by this. Ten minutes went by and communication came back on. The air traffic controller asked them where they had been, and they didn't know what he was talking about. They had no perception of anything's having happened. And when they landed, it was discovered that every single timepiece in the entire aircraft — everybody's watch, every chronometer, you name it — had lost 10 minutes! It was as if they basically just winked out of our existence for 10 minutes and then came back.

I also found a reference to it on this site.

Have you heard about a National Airlines 727 that disappeared from radar for 10 minutes while on approach to Miami airport? I believe it was in 1969. Everything seemed fine, but when the plane landed all watches on board were 10 minutes slow. Do you think when they disappeared they traveled through time briefly, or just didn't exist. Were they one of the lucky ones to escape?

Answer. I believe this first appeared in a Saga magazine article by Ivan Sanderson. He mentions it in his 1970 book Invisible Residents, but offers no source, flight number, witness, or precise date. Sanderson often credited stories that had no source. I'm afraid this is one of them—there is nothing to it.

Sounds like an urban legend to me.

I'm LoneStarMike. Join us next week for another edition of "Unsolved Mysteries".

This post has been a LoneStarMikeProduction  Smile

LoneStarMike

 
MxCtrlr
Posts: 2312
Joined: Tue Nov 13, 2001 11:22 am

RE: National And The Time Travel

Wed May 14, 2003 3:15 pm

There was a book out by Martin Caidin called "Ghosts of the Air" http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1880090104/qid=1052891442/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/104-3521886-1160721. One of the incidents he detailed was the 10-minute disappearance of that NAL 727 on approach to MIA. I would suggest this book to any aviation enthusiast as he details many odd phenomenon with airplanes. One of the things that makes this book so much more interesting is that Martin Caidin acknowledges he received literally hundreds of "ghost stories" but only included those where he could find corroborating testimony from many participants and/or official documentation.

One of my favorite stories from the book was about a group of British Bombers that went out on an early WWII night bombing raid over Germany. Hours passed and, when it was approximately time for the bombers to return to the base, the base commander heard one of the bombers returning. He advised the field chief to have that crew report to the commander's office immediately on arrival. A few minutes later, the crew of the bomber came into the commander's office and wrote down their reports - heavy resistence, high allied losses (afterall, something like 12 bombers out, only 1 back). Before the crew left, the commander had each one of them sign their reports with their service number and then sent the off to the O-Club for a well-deserved drink.

Shortly after, the field chief came into the commander's office and advised him of the tally for that evening's raid - 12 bombers out - NONE returned!  Wow! Reports in the following day confirmed that all of the bombers sent out were destroyed over Germany however, the "debriefing report" the commander had gotten from his "returned crew" accurately matched the intelligence reports received the following day (with the obvious exception of the one aircraft returning to England). Handwriting analysis of the debriefing reports signed by that crew, matched the handwriting of the crew that was KIA over Germany that night!

There are many other great stories along this line, along with stories of aircraft meeting that were from totally different time periods, pilots seeing and identifying airports that wouldn't exist (for that particular pilot) for several years and other great odd incidents! A must-read book for the true aviation enthusiast!

MxCtlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool
DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos