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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:18 pm

I was in 10th grade. Second period biology class. I can still point to the spot I was sitting. I remember the teacher coming in, relaying that another teacher had told her what had happened. It was surreal, at first I thought it was a joke because one of the teachers was known for a very odd sense of humor. And then it was still surreal because how many times had something like that happened! The details after that are a bit fuzzier, but I remember my dad being with my mom when we were picked up from school as he had been let out of work. I want to say we left school early, but I can't be certain at this point.
 
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:27 pm

I was working for an aviation firm here in the UK. At first we heard it was a small aircraft, and we were all laughing and joking about what sort of idiot could not miss seeing a massive skyscraper and hitting it.

An hour later we were all stood around a computer monitor watching it unfold. Very surreal, and we all thought this was the beginning of World War 3. Thankfully that never happened and a few years later it is all but forgotten except for this one day every year.
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Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:11 pm

I heard the first report on the radio at about 530 AM driving to the office . I arrived and my Dad called ( a pilot ) he was asking me if I saw that 767 hit the tower ... we were discussing what could have gone wrong . I assumed the aircraft had departed a NY airport nearby and lost control of whatever. I had the TV on in my office ... and saw the second aircraft hit and just looked on in stunned silence. I thought it was a replay loop ..until I saw both towers smoking. I knew our chickens had come home to roost.
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Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:16 pm

I was only 10 at the time but remember the day vividly. 2 weeks before 9/11 my family got a postcard from my aunt who was visiting New York. The World Trade Center towers were the centrepiece of the photo and I remember noticing them for the first time. When I came home from school at 3pm (which was 10am Eastern time) my momhad the news on and was frantically trying to call our family in Chicago to tell them get away from the downtown area but the lines were all jammed. I can remember that day so clearly it's scary.
 
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Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:21 pm

10 years ago I was a senior in high school. I was in trigonometry/pre-calculus class from 8:40 in the morning until 9:25. After that, I went to my social sciences class, which was in a room that had cable TV. We saw then what was happening. At first, I didn't know what it was. I thought it was smoke pouring out of a pair of elevator doors (not realizing it was a close-up of the Twins). Then of course, i realized it was the Twin Towers on fire. Then I thought, ok, this must be some anniversary thing for when the bombing happened, given that it must've been 10 years already (of course, that took place in February 1993). Shortly after I thought that, I saw the footage of what was apparently United 175 slam into the South Tower. Yeah, then we were all asking questions about if we were going to go to war, bring back the draft, etc...

You know what is ironic and yet freaky? The DAY BEFORE we had our guidance councelors telling us about how important it is for us to sign up for the selective service! Go figure!!
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Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:39 pm

Saint Louis, Mo. Was getting ready to go to class my sophomore year of university. Got a message from a friend over AOL Instant Messenger that just said, "Turn on your tv." Didn't have one, so tried to go to the NY Times site, which was down. Went into the lounge area and turned on the tv. Stared in disbelief. Watched as the second plane hit. Still remember the words and screams of the person being interviewed on tv as she described the situation to the people in the studio. Called my dad because, for one of the few times in a long time, I was completely lost and had no idea what to do. Dad was crying. Never remembered my dad crying before, not even when his father died. One of my friends ran downstairs. She helped calm me down by just sitting there and telling me to think rationally and calm down before making any major decisions.

I went to class. Everyone asked, "What's the latest news? What's happening?" whenever anyone walked in the room. The second tower had just fallen. Nobody said anything.

The university was under STL's flight path. It was eerily quiet other than the low flying fighter aircraft.

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Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:49 pm

I was 15 years old and just got home from school. My normal routine was to go to the kitchen, turn on the TV, get some food & drinks and watch TV. Needless to say, I didn't get beyond turning on the television. I just stood there in shock as I saw what was happening. After a while, I called my mom to talk about what I was seeing on the TV and she couldn't believe it. I watched TV that whole afternoon, saw the impact of the second plane, people fleeing.. I watched the live coverage and news broadcasts all the way until it was time to go to bed.

I'll never forget that afternoon again.
 
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Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:59 pm

On 9/11/01, I was two weeks into my senior year of high school and had decided that I was in desperate need of a day off. I convinced my mom that my throat was severely sore (I get a terrible case of Bronchitis every year, usually in late Sept) and I did not need to be subject to talking all day long. I went and picked two friends up and dropped them off at school and returned home. When I returned home, I directly crawled into bed and stumbled across an episode of the Golden Girls on the t.v. About 5 minutes later, my mom burst into my room exclaiming a plane had just hit one of the World Trade Center Towers. The word "idiot" ran across my mind because I knew the airspace was restricted. I dismissed her and she went out of my room. I sat and thought about it for a few seconds and thought "well what if a plane did hit the building..." and decided to change the channel to CNN, expecting to see that a small aircraft had hit the tower. I changed the channel and sure enough, there was one of the towers with a gaping hole in the facade and the upper floors billowing smoke. I was immediately baffled... Having been to the World Trade Center, I was well aware of the size of the buildings and knew that the aircraft that had impacted the building was not a small aircraft. The thought of terrorism had not crossed my mind... not until just a split second later... Suddenly, I saw a dark object come from the side of the screen and ram right into the side of the second tower. I immediately heard a shriek from my mom. My mouth literally dropped and for a few seconds I felt in a daze. It was apparent by now that this was no accident. I sat on the corner of my bed for literally hours, watching the events unfold. The moment UAL 175 impacted the second tower, I knew the buildings would not stand and many people would die that day. The phone began to ring off the hook with family members and friends calling. Schools closed and businesses shut down, even though we were over 1,000 miles removed from the events. Being from the bible belt, many were convinced Jesus was on his way. I wasn't so much convinced, but spent the day periodically looking out my window to see if the white horse was approaching....

The scenes of horror and despair from that day are still vivid in my memory, as I am sure is the case with many. Just like Pearl Harbor is a defining moment from an older generation, September 11th is the defining moment for my generation and I will always remember the emotions I felt that day.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:47 am

It never ceases to amaze me how people remember exactly where they were at on 9/11. I was in Spanish class my sophomore year of high school. It was my first period class and I didn't find out about the attacks until second period.
I went home and cried in my room that day.(did I really just admit that?)
Rumors I heard:
The planes that struck the world trade center were remote piloted
A helicopter fired rockets at the pentagon

Crazy day that I will never forget.
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Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:29 am

Ten years ago the eleventh, I was in flight training for my PPL. We were over a rural area off the radios. We landed about 10:30 eastern, about an hour after the groundstop. We had no idea anything was wrong until someone offered us a ride, even though we landed at our home airport. He then suggested we watch the news.

Hopefully the skies are never that quiet again.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:45 am

I was in the 6th grade, attending a middle school in ALB, around 2 hours north of the city. I can remember the day almost minute by minute, from the assembly that the principal spoke at concerning the incidents, to the walk I had to the library in which I stood watching a television in the teacher's lounge for a good five minutes before I was shooed away. The bus ride home was quiet, and we passed a ton of emergency vehicles that were headed down to the city to help. When I got back home I couldn't watch any good TV, as all the stations switched to the news or were shut down. I watched NBC Nightly News with my parents, and, living five minutes away from ALB, we traveled to see the lineup of planes that were sitting on the taxiways and gate areas. Seeing 757's, 767's, and even a 777 all at ALB was an image that I'll never forget, let alone it ever duplicate again. Traffic was minimal. Somewhat eerie, to be honest.

My birthday is 9/12, so that day was taken aback with emotion and was definitely not one of my best birthdays. I remember going to the mall with my aunt that day, and passing a food drive in the parking lot on the way into the mall. We decided to head to the nearest drug store and pick up a few bags of food to donate.

I'll never forget that day. I'm proud to be a New Yorker, and even though I live upstate, the impact of the 9/11 attacks affected everyone in the state.
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Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:15 am

I have been kind of reluctant to tell this on this thread. I do not want anyone to think this is bull. I was home having breakfast with my nephew who was visiting from out of state. My daughter called and said that one of the towers was on fire. We turned on the TV, and watched the disaster unfold. My nephew was in charge of a group of stewards, stewardess's at that time, it turned out some of those on one of the aircraft involved worked under him, or had worked for him. I am not clear on this point. I would have to ask him. A tragic day for sure.
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Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:28 am

Was once talking to a boss of mine who told me that, on 9/11, he was the staffer in his group and had just sent a bunch of people to a testing center on the WTC for some regulatory tests. They all made it out alive (the testing center was on a low floor) but he couldn't grab a hold of everyone until the afternoon so he wasn't sure. He said it was the worst day of his life, feeling he was responsible for people's deaths if they were to occur.

Quoting Fly777s (Reply 57):
(I get a terrible case of Bronchitis every year, usually in late Sept)

Funny, I am usually the same thing, although this year it was in early July.
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Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:56 pm

September 11th 2001 has been a very, very strange day for me. On that morning, I arrived home, from JFK, on KLM, after a very nice three week tour trough the US, ending the trip in New York City for the last three days, including a trip to the WTC roof, Top of the World and lunch in Windows on the World on September 9th....

So, jetlagged as I was, I was sleeping when I received a SMS-alert from a Dutch newssite that a light plane crashed in the WTC. Curious as I am, I flipped on the TV, just in time to see the second plane crash into the WTC. I was in shock, because of the extent of the attack, but also just being home from there!

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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:26 pm

Quoting kstateinALB (Reply 60):
as all the stations switched to the news or were shut down.


I remember that. I actually have some of the stations shut down notices on the VHS tape recording I did on that day, the evening when i was home. I need to transfer that to DVD! For some reason one station I really remember well, actually two stations are the Food Network which studios are in Downtown NYC and Home Shopping Network. So many stations just had a screen with some soft music saying "due to the tragic events of today regular programing has been cancelled," etc..

Quoting kstateinALB (Reply 60):
from the assembly that the principal spoke at concerning the incidents


I remember my school had one the next day, I dont remember much about it though.

Natgeo is having a lot of shows on 9/11 on this week I have many of them on DVR. There are some really good ones, the Bush interview I saw and it was good, very interesting to see it from his perspective. Last night I saw part of 9/11 witness DC. It was just a bunch of videos from all over the area from the White House to the Pentagon on that day. Being that I lived in DC recently for school I found this very interesting seeing the chaos. There were Fire Engines just sitting on the street waiting for the next attack, people running out of buildings, police standing on roofs looking for the next plane etc..
What a terrible and crazy day that was. I recommend everyone watch natgeo this week.
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Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:51 pm

I was living in Switzerland in the middle of a little ceremony, getting a 10 year service award from my employer. Someone mentioned what was going on and turned on a monitor. Interestingly, I was the only American in the room, and nobody believed me when I said that this would kick off a war that would probably last a generation. Everyone expected GWB to launch a few cruise missiles like Clinton did and that would be it.
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Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:19 pm

I was working in a cubicle, and checked cnn.com. they mentioned that a light plane had hit the WTC's. I went back to doing some work, and was thinking, "must be a cloudy day there, to not see the towers". About 5 minutes later I went back to check the CNN and I couldn;t get in. About a minute later my roomate at the time called me to tell me what was going on. I went on to BBC.com to see what was occuring. Then they turned on the TV's downstairs and all of us went down and watched as the 1st and 2nd tower came down. My stomach just dropped, and I was speechless. My coworker broke down and she was crying in my arms. One of the managers who had been in a long meeitng came out around 1:00 p.m and asked what was going on. I told him, and he about passed out. Come to find out his brother worked in the towers. Found out later he was OK, but it is still moments like that, that stir me to this day.
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Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:38 pm

I was in prison.


No, seriously, I was, that's how I put myself through school. I was getting ready for work, I noticed the date as it was displayed on my watch: 9-11. I thought to myself, "I hope the Inmates don't decide to get 'cute' and start something today." I arrived at work and just as I put my truck in park, I glanced at the clock: 6:46am (8:46 am on the east coast). I felt strange, but couldn't quite put my finger on it.

Just after my shift started, I got pulled away from my normal duty and was assigned to escort a vendor throughout the facility. We were in the Administration section when those employees started to filter in for their workday and many were talking about a plane crashing into a building in NYC. Some said it was on the TV in the Warden's Office and I remember thinking to myself, "Why are they watching a movie in the Warden's Office, especially at this hour?" It quickly became apparent that it wasn't a movie and that it wasn't some freak accident.

I didn't get to see much of the TV coverage until around Noon or so when I returned to my assigned post, a housing unit. The TVs in each of the dayrooms were tuned in to the coverage. It was the most quiet I'd ever seen my group of Inmates ever. Security was on high alert nonetheless given the fact that all of our Inmates were deportable back to thier countries of origin and may not harbor "nice" feelings towards the US Government. Fortunately, none of the population took it upon themselves to celebrate and only one said something to the effect of "let them burn."

Getting in my truck to head home, I remember expecting to see National Guard troops on patrol, the Interstate shut down, hotels packed to the gills, etc. I didn't see any of that but once home I did plant myself infront of the TV and it was only then that I began to fully grasp what had happened. While at work I was too focused on my job and only caught the "highlights" of what was going on.

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 49):
I saw the impact of the 2nd airplane live on TV... It was like a shock.

I didn't see that live, but it was the very first image of the events of that day that I saw. Calling it a shock would be an understatement.  
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Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:49 pm

By the time my sister called to see if I had been watching and I turned it on, the first tower was already down. The single tower looked grotesque in the same way a badly broken and deformed limb does. Before long it was down too. I had CNN on the TV, but I actually spent alot of time on A.net since the news websites were all bogged down. To this day a chill goes up my spine when I see a red "breaking news" banner on cnn.com or an airplane turning towards PHX Sky Harbor with that same bank angle as the second WTC 767...

Edit: Also, the much spoken of silence with all planes being grounded was indeed eerie. But I think the planes being grounded was only a part of that. The lack of road noise and other outdoor activity resulting from everyone indoors watching the news contributed more, kind of like if one goes outside at 3AM (outside of big cities)...

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Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:11 pm

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 65):
Everyone expected GWB to launch a few cruise missiles like Clinton did and that would be it.

I recall that being raised, even back in 1998, the question was asked, by the White House, about a more proactive reaction to the attacks on those US embassies in Africa. Which Bin Laden had boasted about. The Joint Chiefs said it couldn't be done, sending a team in to capture or kill Bin Laden that is. In hindsight of course we may regret that now, though worth noting Afghanistan was in chaos at the time, the civil war still raging on in parts of the country.
However, the Cruise missiles hitting AQ camps in Afghanistan, missed Bin Laden by only a short period. Some reports say by minutes, others by a few hours.

Then there was the issue of being accused of 'Wagging The Dog', after a movie at the time which had a US President mired in a sexual scandal, starting a war somewhere to distract attention, indeed, Clinton was accused of that even with the missile strikes.
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Once I had got home from work, the TV stayed on, I joined my neighbours at the time to watch, they had expected me to be full of that flight I had been on, in reply 34, but of course...........
Another neighbour joined us, he was cabin crew at BA, we both knew, when we teared ourselves away from the appalling scenes being played out, that our industry was to be changed, perhaps forever.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:32 pm

I was unpacking as my flight (CCS-JFK) on Sept 12th was obviously cancelled. I couldnt believe that only by a day of error margin I wasnt in NY. All my condolences to the ones that had a lost that day. RIP.

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Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:14 am

I was living in Arlington, VA (a few miles from the Pentagon) when 9/11 happened. I was a senior in High School in the library researching, well kinda, I was actually on airliners.net when I saw the thread. I noticed a bunch of teachers that was gathered around the TV when the 2nd plane hit the Tower. Absolutly in shocked at that moment, as everyone else. What's the scariest part was hearing the explosion of when the 3rd plane that crashed into the Pentagon. Nobody knew what was going on. A few minutes later, our Principal came on the PA system saying that there was a bomb attack at the nearby Shopping Mall in Pentagon City. Moments later on our local news, the Pentagon was on fire. The crash site at Pentagon was where my father's office was located when he was working in the Pentagon. Luckily, during 9/11 my father was already been retired from the Army.
 
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Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:12 pm

I was at work when 9-11 happened. A friend of mine (a Sales rep for a Middle East Airline) called me and said that there had been an incident in NYC. I tried to get onto the net to see if I could find anything out but could not connect. He then called me back with some more information. While he was on the phone I called out for the office to quieten down and told everyone what had happened (about 25 people), while he was still giving me whatever information he had to hand. Several people in the office managed to connect to different websites (BBC/CNN etc) and were calling out whatever news was fresh on their screens. We managed to get a radio working in the office and left it on for the rest of the day. My boss turned around and said that there was a very good chance that no flights would be moving for at least the next day (how right he was), and so we should concentrate on general admin duties instead of trying to book airfreight shipments that would not be flying anywhere!

The rest of the day passed in a blur as people were finding out different things about what had happened. My Wife (who also works in the Airfreight industry) told me later on that it was as if their phones had been disconnected. She had three phone calls for the rest of the day (all from me!).

I bought the newspapers the next day (all of the main titles here in the UK) and read through them at work. No one took any notice as we were all doing the same. I still have the newspapers at home from that day. One day I will sit my daughters down (they are only 8 at the moment) and tell them what happened on that day and how the world has changed.

I can only say RIP to all those affected by 9-11.
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Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:48 pm

I was on my way to an interview at SEA with QX. Driving down toward the airport I turned the radio on and couldn't really comprehend what I was hearing. By that time all 4 planes had already crashed. I pulled in to a gas station near BFI and called my girlfriend to tell her to turn on the TV.

Since I was going to an interview I continued to drive down to Sea-Tac. I'll never forget the thousands of people standing or sitting in the grass next to the hotels on International Blvd since they'd evacuated the terminals. When I got to Horizon Air's headquarters they told me they'd canceled all interviews for the day. From there I drove home and spent the next 3 days watching TV.

As an aside, I did eventually get hired on with an airline and the following November I spent 4 weeks training in NY. At that time they were still cutting down parts of the WTC.
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Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:39 am

I was in the 8th grade in Germany when it happened... Since Germany was 6 hours ahead of NYC, school was just getting out for the day when I finally learned about it... Didn't turn on the TV until both towers collapsed and the Pentagon had been hit. Can't remember when I heard about UA 93 going down in PA but it was probably around the same time as the rest of it... Since I went to an American school on a military base there in Germany, security was the highest there was (Threat Condition Delta) and school was canceled on Wednesday and Thursday the 12th and 13th... School finally started up again on Friday the 14th but it was pretty much useless because of the amount of security there was to get on base. The lines to get into the access gates of the base were backed up for miles as they searched each and every car and person coming on thoroughly... Kinda hard to do when you have 25 fully loaded school buses among all the vehicles getting on base. Kinda scary at that age since the gate had two humvees with guys on top of each manning a .50 cal. machine gun...
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Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:40 am

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 16):
It is really weird to hear all you pups post about how young you were at the time.

Same, must mean I have been here too long.

8:46AM was 10:46PM in Australia, I had just spent the day and evening skiing in Australia and I was about to go to bed when a friend came in and said that 2 planes had hit the WTC, so I got up and watched the TV then about 2:00am I went to bed. Good that I was on holidays as I am sure not a lot of work got done that week.
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Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:27 am

I was 12 on September 11 2001; and being in New Zealand meant that I was fast asleep when the actual attacks took place. However my mum told me when I woke up about some planes hitting these towers in New York. I went to school bewildered at the situation, thinking what on earth was happening. I arrived at my classroom to notice a TV on (back then, there were only so many TVs in the school and they had to be booked) the news channel which was streaming CNN. School started for the day and the teacher began with what had happened - and left us to 'soak in' what was happening. I remember spending the entire school day, breaks and all, sitting in front of that TV and watching the repeat recording of the footage. I still have a news clipping of the following day showing which planes were going where and where they ended up etc.

What a day in history to remember. I'm disappointed I never got a chance to visit Ground Zero but will definitely get to New York some day when the Freedom Tower (1WTC) is built.

The thing that scared me most at the time was probably the similarity of the prediction by Nostradamus.. However it seems as though it was warped to make it sound like he predicted these attacks.
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Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:52 pm

This is the first time in my life that I actually remember any event , on any specific day at the 10 year mark (other than my birthday). Being 12 years old when these events took place, I cannot believe it has been 10 years. There are no words to describe this feeling.

I was in the 8th grade at an Ontario High School. Insanity - Dis-function, are all but just a few words to describe that day. People were not able to visualize, nor accept that heavy airliners were used as weapons. My teacher briefly stated the United States has been attacked. We, being young and stupid, carried on with our day as youngsters playing foursquare.

I will never forget arriving home, grabbing my Neapolitan ice cream sandwich , and walking into the kitchen and seeing the replay of the second airplane. My parents , in all honesty, did not know how to communicate what was happening, or how it may affect my life in the years to come (I always wanted to be in the Air Force). The collapse of the towers before their eyes was without words, and the replays just affirmed the soar realities the west was experiencing .

One thing which does stick out in my mind from that fateful day , was when I was playing outside later that evening. The same businessmen and women just got off the city bus and began walking to their homes. One fellow recognized the other (i assume they were neighbors) , and the only words which came out of his mouth were:

" What is our world coming to "?

It wasn't until later years , I realized the ramifications those few moments had on each and every single one of our lives.
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:22 pm

I remember it as though it was yesterday. I had just turned the TV on an hour before, then gone in to take a shower; as I got out of the shower, I heard on the TV about the first plane crash. When the second plane crashed, and it was apparent that two large airliners had actually crashed into both towers, I realized exactly what was happening.

As I sat there watching the flames coming from the buildings, and knowing how much av-jet A those planes carry, I really began to worry. Then, the TV news cameras started showing the firefighters rushing into the buildings, I had the most awful feeling of my entire life; because I knew those brave men were all about to die! The reason being............

Back in the 60's, I worked for 7 years for Texaco in Cincinnati at their river bulk terminal. First as a tank truck driver, hauling aviation gasoline and later jet fuel to Greater Cincinnati Airport. Then I went from driving to operating the loading rack, which is a big open structure built from very heavy "H" beams, ( which are like "I" beams, only much heavier, much stronger ) Two years after I went on the loading rack, I was on vacation for a week; on my first day back to work, and about 2 hrs after starting my 3 pm to 11 pm shift, I was loading 4 tank trucks under the loading rack, with 2 more behind waiting to load, One truck was loading jet fuel, the other 3 were loading gasoline; as the driver of the truck loading jet fuel removed the loading pipe from a full compartment, and was putting it into the loading hatch of the next empty compartment, there was a spark; within less than a second, a fire like nothing you could ever imagine was coming out of that truck; the driver, John Vanderpohl, jumped off the truck to the concrete below, ( about 10 feet ), broke both of his ankles, but managed to crawl to safety. I "ran" off the other side of the loading rack, jumped clear over the truck loading gasoline, and landed almost 20 feet from the truck. I didn't break any bones, but I sustained the mother of all sprained ankles.

Here's why I'm explaining all of this: That incredibly strong steel H-beam structure I was standing on, ( which would probably support a 10 story building ), in less that one hour, because of the incredible heat from all that fire, was reduced to a twisted mass of steel, with nothing standing more than 3 or 4 feet high. But it doesn't melt; ( it takes from 2,300 to about 2,600 degrees F. to melt steel ) the fire is between 2,000 to maybe 2,200 degrees, so the steel becomes white hot, loses every bit of it's strength, and the entire structure collapses under it's own weight.

This is precisely what was happening in both twin towers as I sat helplessly watching ! I even tried to make phone calls;
unfortunately, the NYC Fire Dept was way too busy to "bother" with phone calls from someone in Cincinnati, who was trying to tell them to get those men out of those buildings, NOW !

As I helplessly sat and watched, I was thinking, how much fuel was in both those planes, how high both those building were, and how long the steel in the support columns would take the immense load before becoming red hot and losing their strength; I was estimating it would be less than 1 hour; unfortunately my "best guess" was very close..............

On the one hand, I have nothing but respect for the NYC Fire Dept. Who would ever think such a thing could possibly happen ? I suppose the answer to that question is.........someone who has already watched it happen, "in person".

Every time I watch a TV documentary about the WTC, watch all of those brilliant architects, structural engineers, city planners, etc. etc., I always think the same thing................It was going to happen; it HAD to happen ! Why couldn't they SEE it was going to happen ?


In the aftermath of the fire at Texaco, because I was the only employee on duty other than one driver, I was "interviewed" by all sorts of engineers and other "suits" from Corporate Office. In the process, I learned a lot; ( so did Texaco Inc. ! ) And Texaco paid a very high price for their "education" I might add; at the time prior to the fire, it was up to each driver to attach the bronze clamp on the bonding cable to the truck; everyone was pretty good about "hooking up", but quite often, a few would forget to "un hook", and as the truck pulled away, the cable would break. One of my many tasks was repairing the broken cables. This time though, because I had been on vacation for a week, the cable had been broken, had been "fixed" on the loading platform, 10 feet above the ground, but it was incorrectly attached to the grounding rod beneath the loading rack. Because of this, the truck wasn't grounded. Also "back then", tank trailers were "top loaded" by sticking a 5ft long aluminum "drop tube" into the empty compartment; the fuel coming through the pipe is flowing at from 450 to 1000 gallons per minute; ( imagine a fire hose, only twice as big ) Jet fuel ( which is kerosene ) generates almost 4 times as much static electricity as does gasoline; ( even though gasoline is much more volatile, and has a much lower flash point )

The fire at Texaco was responsible for completely changing the way petroleum products are loaded into tank trailers in the U.S. Now, there are no "open hatches" with drop tubes; they are loaded from the bottom with a 4 inch hose, screwed onto the loading pipe. Also, the bonding cables are now tied into the loading meter, so that until there is 100% electrical ground, the pump motor supplying the product doesn't run. So, no ground, no product ! The accident ( if you can call it that ), cost Texaco about twenty million dollars. It could easily have been prevented had someone had the common sense to install this new equipment about 20 years before, ( when it was first available )

I have always believed, just a few things done differently, and many lives could have been saved I NYC, if only someone had seen what I saw in Cincinnati, 40 years before.

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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:16 am

I was sitting in an IU (Indiana University) van, listening to Bob and Tom in between runs. During my sophomore year of college, I worked for the Disabled Students Office shuttling disabled kids back and forth from classes. It was a good gig. Drive around campus, park wherever the heck I wanted (thanks to the big IU emblem on the side) and generally get paid to do not much work. So in between runs, I listened to Bob and Tom, and switched over to a local AM station when I had a run, lest I offend anyone. When I first head about the attacks, I thought it was one of their sick jokes, but thought it was way too bad, even for those two jokers. But you could hear in their voices they were deadly serious. So, since I didn't have any runs for a while, I headed over to a residence hall cafeteria to see what was going on. I got there just in time to see the second plane hit. About 30 minutes later, my then girlfriend (now wife) calls my cell phone screaming about her cousin who worked in one of the towers. We didn't hear from him for about two days. He had been late to work, was just getting off the subway when the first plane hit, and he hightailed it out of there. It was lucky he was late, because he worked above the area where the first plane hit and would have died.
 
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:41 am

Quoting Geezer (Reply 78):
This is precisely what was happening in both twin towers as I sat helplessly watching ! I even tried to make phone calls;
unfortunately, the NYC Fire Dept was way too busy to "bother" with phone calls from someone in Cincinnati, who was trying to tell them to get those men out of those buildings, NOW !

This is the incredible thing about that day. They probably knew they were going to die, and their efforts saved countless others. To me, they are the unsung heroes, they should be celebrated in the same light US servicemembers get. RIP.
 
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:50 am

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 80):
This is the incredible thing about that day. They probably knew they were going to die, and their efforts saved countless others. To me, they are the unsung heroes, they should be celebrated in the same light US servicemembers get. RIP.

I am copying / pasting my post from the other 9/11 thread.

If I may suggest, this upcoming anniversary , do something kind for your local first responders, If you are in NYC, try and organize a BBQ for a local ladder. Do something for these people and their families. Invite one of the local Mosques to take part - and celebrate the lives of those who were taken on that day.
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:51 am

Quoting CplKlinger (Reply 79):
About 30 minutes later, my then girlfriend (now wife) calls my cell phone screaming about her cousin who worked in one of the towers. We didn't hear from him for about two days. He had been late to work, was just getting off the subway when the first plane hit, and he hightailed it out of there. It was lucky he was late, because he worked above the area where the first plane hit and would have died.

Wow! I just read a story about a bunch of people that had stories like that. From missing UA 93 to just taking a break they almost never do. The crazy thing is there are probably hundreds of stories like this.

Quoting Geezer (Reply 78):

Thank you for that very informative post! Natgeo did a science show doing different experiements going against all thos conspiracy theories. One of them was metling a steel beam with as much weight per inch as one in WTC would have. They burned 700 gallons of Jet Fuel and the bean started failing within 5mins.
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:58 am

I was 18 and a freshman at the University of Tennessee at Martin. I was on a full cross country, and track scholarship. I spent the summer before college backpacking around Germany with my German friend. That day started out like any other for me. Wake up at 5am normal morning practice, shower, breakfast and class. I didn't hear about anything until about 10am central. I thought it was just bullshit, and didn't think much of it. None of my teachers said anything about it, or even acted differently. I went to lunch in the cafeteria, and the rumors and stories were rampant. It wasn't until I got back to my dorm where I normally napped before afternoon practice did I realize what really happened and scope of what was happening. I remember just being in a daze and shock. I know this sounds bad but the first thing that came to my mind was that I would never be able to walk around BNA anymore. I know that's selfish to say, but that was my first thought. Foregoing my nap I continued to watch TV and finally went to practice. Our track at Martin is up on a hill that overlooks the little area that has gas stations and restaurants. Martin has about 3,000 residents, and the univeristy has around 4,000 students. It's a small town in northwestern Tn. It was one of the days where we went for long runs, usually around 15 miles give or take. I remember running around town, and seeing people just freaking out, the line for gas was at least 30 cars deep at the 4 gas stations in town. People were panicing, and I started to get concerned. But I thought this is a small country town, and thats just what happens. When we were stretching after practice our coach had told us that we would not be able to make our race that weekend in California because there was just to much in the air and the University cancelled all air travel until further notice. My roommate really put everything into persepective for me that night though. He was from Bosnia, and on the basketball team. He grew up during the war there, and told me horror stories of growing up in a war torn country. But now I'm in aviation as a careeer and still get choked up when I hear the controllers talk about it, and everything else. That is my worst nightmare losing an airplane, espicially one used in a terror attack.
 
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:11 am

Quoting runner13 (Reply 83):
he line for gas was at least 30 cars deep at the 4 gas stations in town. People were panicing, and I started to get concerned.

Funny you mention that we had that here too in Mississippi just outside Memphis there were fist fights in line too. But there was one gas station that had some kind of muslim writing in his window and he had no one going to his station but the one across the street had a line around the block so he removed it and put an American flag in his window. Just thought it was weird that everyone went for gas first I never thought about it but I guess it just shows how dependent we are on it.
 
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:49 am

I was 14 at the time, it was the day before my Brother's 18th Birthday. I was told when I arrived home from school, greated by him at the door. He said that the World Trade Center had collapsed, but didn't explain why. I watched TV for a good hour or two afterwards. I remember it being such a beautiful sunny day, both in New York and at home. I remember watching with a strange sense of wonderment, it was the first time a major event was occurring and I was old enough to understand what I was seeing.

At the time, there was a huge amount of misinformation around. There were reports of so many aircraft being hijacked, far more than the four airliners that tragically didn't make their destinations. It was absolute chaos, that was something that hit me as well. Looking back in retrospect you know all the details, but at the time nobody had any idea of what was going on and what was going to happen.

I hope we never witness another event like it in our lifetime. Unfortunately there are no guarantees, there are still plenty of threats out there. I have a strong belief that the internet will slowly improve global relations, but it will take a long time. The unrest in the Middle East seems to be an early sign of this, people can improve their situation without resorting to attacking other innocent people.
 
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:31 pm

I was 6 at the time, and remember walking down the corridor at school and my class teacher saying to the other 'a plane's hit the twin towers'. Of course at 6 I didn't have a clue about terrorism, or what the twin towers were for that matter!

I cannot believe it's been 10 years though!

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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:15 pm

I was driving to the a worksite to teach a class, at the corner of Pleasant Hill Blvd and I-85 (at a light) listening to Z-93 and the DJ announced that a plane had crashed into the World Congress Center. I immediately assumed it was a small private plane (indeed the news was reporting it was a small twin engine plane) that must have been gawking for photos, but almost as quickly knew that it may have been someone trying to do harm. I didn't hear for another couple of minutes that it was a jetliner. When that news came through I found myself shocked and wondering if it was possible an airliner could possibly have gotten that badly off course and I was running pattern analyses in my head trying to figure out how an LGA bound bird could hit the tower accidentally. Then the other tower was hit.....it removed all doubt and I realized that we were under attack.

I arrived at the worksite and went inside to the conference room and turned on the television (people were arriving late having been listening to their car radios, and a couple of televisions were already on)....and we watched the first tower fall. I dismissed the class, sending everyone home to be with their loved ones, and I went to the building next door where my best friend happened to be working and we watched more. The second tower came down and the reports of the aircraft hitting the Pentagon and in PA came through and we were throwing speculation around....immediately UBL was the center of suspicion, comparisons to the WTC bombings of the 90's were discussed, and people continually filtered out to go home.

I was comforted by the presence of my friend, but concerned that this coordinated attack would continue.....what better time to keep coming after us than when we're on our heels and, as a nation, reeling? I called my mother downtown and asked her what her plans for the day were......she replied that she was staying at work....she had no more room in her soul for concern with such things....she survived being a Jew in France during the second world war and if this was the beginning of the third the was going to keep living as she wanted and damn the terrorists anyway. My mother's tough.

On the way home, while wondering what I'd have planned if I had the resources and wherewithal to plan such an attack (and the thoughts of chemical or other follow-up attacks were present and seemed very plausible in light of what we'd just been dealt) and what I'd do if something like that came up, I stopped to see another friend who was stationed as a recruiter for the US Army....I asked him what he'd been told to do, he'd been given no instructions other than to pay attention to his surroundings and be aware of suspicous activity (military recruiting stations are easy targets as we've found out since then) and he asked me how I was doing. I wondered, seriously, how many people were going to come see him this day or the next in response to this.....he immediately looked up at me and told me I was too broken down (I was recovering from a motorcycle accident at the time) to be useful, but that he expected us, as a nation, to do as we always do....come together in the face of our enemies.....he actually said those words...and start to work to defeat them.

I posited that it would be a different kind of war this time, and I hate that I was right. We weren't fighting an easily identified or specific target that everyone was willing to agree on....we were faced with apologists who immediately pointed out that they thought we were at fault....we were told by our leaders that this would be tough and long and we didn't take them seriously or understand that long meant longer than a few months or years....we are constantly wracked with guilt and remorse created by our societal mores and inundation of media images designed to attract attention and garner sympathy/anger to generate readership/viewership.....we have an electronic media and information system that has led people to expect immediate answers to problems that arise slowly but explode to our attention seemingly immediately due to our narrow focus on the immediate in our own lives, and vote for the liars who promise those easy and quick answers that we wish were possible though we do know, deep in our hearts that there are no quick or easy answers to life.....we know life isn't fair, even though we want it different.

But that day I went home listening to different radio stations playing the national anthem, God Bless America, and God Bless the USA, and then watched every channel on the television playing the same scenes over and over for a week. I watched flags go up...everywhere. People flocked to join the military, give blood, donate to recovery efforts. Our politicians couldn't help themselves for a few months....they seemed to coalesce and work together to go after the bastards that hit us, and support each other in our time of national distress. It didn't last...but while it was going on we felt better. Our politicians told the truth for a bit, too....we were told this would be a long and tiring war....that it was going to be difficult to find and destroy our enemies...and that the way we were going to fight was going to be different than before. Neighbors looked out for one another a bit more for a while. We cheered our leaders, wept as a nation and started to strike back a few weeks later (19 October we parachuted into Afghanistan on our first publicized raid)....we watched our President comfort us and be comforted by his own father (another President and a veteran of his own war) at the National Cathedral...and we pushed forward seeking to restore our normalcy. We loaded airplanes at PDK to send needed supplies on specially permitted charters while our airplanes were mostly all grounded. We did what we could while striving for harmony and a return to what we knew and were comfortable with.

I started a new project a week later, and flew over NYC 22 September on the way to Manchester, and saw the smoke rising from the site of the towers. I was at Ground Zero a week later....the cops and firefighters and volunteers were all tired and haggard, and the volunteers from other jurisdictions were flowing in.... I cried at the site....I find tears welling up now thinking of it. I went back to work. Our nation went back to work.

But that day....11 September, 2001, I'll always remember what I was doing that morning a few minutes before 9am. 0846 to be as precise as possible. I was sitting in my Mercury Cougar shifting gears downward to stop for a red light.... listening to Mara or somebody on Z-93 talking about some song we ought to be listening to....wondering how many people were going to be in the class and how I was going to motivate them to achieve more.... looking for another ordinary day to start an ordinary week...and it all changed.
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Wed Sep 07, 2011 5:13 pm

Sitting at my desk at my US Airways office, writing an e-mail to a friend I had made on a cruise I had just returned from two days before. My supervisor came in and asked me if I could get online as she had heard a plane had hit the trade center and wanted to know if I could determine if it was one of ours.
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Wed Sep 07, 2011 5:29 pm

I was living in Charlotte at the time and a sophomore at UNC Charlotte. I had slept through most of it and woke up doing my normal checking of the local news online which said Uptown Charlotte had been evacuated. My first thought was there was some big gas leak or something of that nature. Then I went to look at the national news on CNN seeing the headline "WTC Attacked, both towers collapsed, with another attack on the Pentagon". That whole day I wandered around the campus aimlessly still trying to process what had happened. I was also wondering if Charlotte could be next, or if other large attacks in general were coming, just total chaos in my mind. The days after were quite eerie too when the airspace was shut down, not seeing or hearing any airplanes was very weird to me. Irrational thoughts of wanting to join the military in order to take "revenge" on the perpetrators often crossed my mind in the days following but nothing ever came of that. For about a year after I lived day to day wondering when the next attack was coming. It was all a very chaotic time for me personally.
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:20 am

This forum played a big part in my memories of ten years ago. I remember seeing a posting on Airliners.net mentioning a crash into one of the two WTC towers at 5:45 am that got me to turn on my TV and tune to Fox News Channel--I essentially watched that coverage non-stop until 10:30 pm that night....
 
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:29 pm

I was lying in my bed, off work, because I had the flu. A collegue and friend called me, and asked me, if I had heared about a plane crashing in WTC. I hadn't, because I was sleeping nearly the whole day. He told me to turn on the TV.
So I did, and I was hooked to those terrible pictures of terror and destruction. I was real shocked. My mother came to my room (I was still living with my parents that time) and she asked me, if this is a movie, and why they sent such movies during the afternoon. I told her, that this is really happening, and I wished I could go there and help.
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:16 am

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 90):
This forum played a big part in my memories of ten years ago. I remember seeing a posting on Airliners.net mentioning a crash into one of the two WTC towers at 5:45 am that got me to turn on my TV

That thread is still with us: RE: Airplane Crashed Into The World Trade Center. (by Vafi88 Sep 11 2001 in Civil Aviation)

Makes for some unbelievable reading, now as then.

Edit: It seems that the thread is only showing the first 6 of the 342 posts.

The copy in Google's cache is also broken.

So, unless some software repair can be done, it looks like that thread is gone.

It's a shame, because it was one of the most unbelievable reading I've ever done on the web.

[Edited 2011-09-09 18:24:01]
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:57 am

Quoting Revelation (Reply 92):
That thread is still with us: RE: Airplane Crashed Into The World Trade Center. (by Vafi88 Sep 11 2001 in Civil Aviation)

Makes for some unbelievable reading, now as then.

Edit: It seems that the thread is only showing the first 6 of the 342 posts.

The copy in Google's cache is also broken.

So, unless some software repair can be done, it looks like that thread is gone.

It's a shame, because it was one of the most unbelievable reading I've ever done on the web.

I hope airliners will be able to do something about this. That thread is a part of aviation history IMO. Pretty much the world day in aviation history, this being the worlds biggest aviation site I think it is important for the archives to be fixed/found whatever they need to do.

Crazy 10 years ago today I was sleeping getting ready for a day at school on Monday September 10th 2001. How much the world changed the next day. Our last day in a pre-9/11 world.

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Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:21 am

I actually faked sick that day during my senior year of high school. Despite my "ailment" I was able to drive my sister and her friend to school about 20 miles away in Atlanta. Once I returned to my warm bed, I was listening to "The Regular Guys" on the radio and they mentioned an aircraft hit the WTC. I immediately ran down to my parents room and watched in horror. I actually had to run into their bathroom to vomit two or three times during the events. My father had flown the day before to San Diego, and we had no idea what happened to our cousin, Matthew. Matt owned a restaurant on Nassau Street, that thankfully usually opened at 10AM. For twelve hours, I was the only person who reached Matthew. Somehow, through an act of God, I got him around 2PM (he had been sleeping in his apartment in the Upper East Side when it occurred, and his main chef missed his train from LI) when he was surveying the damage of his restaurant. His voice and his words are something I'll never, ever forget.
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Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:20 am

It was late at night here in Melbourne, I remember watching the West Wing on TV, when a newsflash came on. The anchor said something about a 'light plane' that had crashed into one of the WTC towers, and more was to follow. The show came back on for another 5 minutes or so, when another newsflash came on with pictures of the towers (only 1 plane had crashed at that stage). I remember thinking that no way had a Cesnna had crashed into it, damage looked too big. Flicked across to the other networks, they had all switched to the feed from what ever US network they got their news from. Then came the other plane, and the Pentagon, and that was it, we were basically at war...... I couldn't believe what I was watching, it was like something out of a Tom Clancy novel, especially when they started showing pictures of the White House being evacuated. Didn't get much sleep that night, was switching between the networks, CNN & Fox News. Everyone was very flat the next day at work, one of the guys had a friend who worked in one of the WTC towers, his daughter only managed to get in contact with her on the afternoon of the 12th (our time). Turns out that she was walking to work when she saw the first plane come in, and the the second one.....

The Australian PM at the time (John Howard) was in DC at the time of the attacks, and was moved to a bunker under the Australian Embassy at one stage during the day. When he left the US for home, it was on the first plane leaving US airspace since the attacks.

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Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:07 pm

Even though is was just 5 years old, I'd be able to pinpoint the exact location I was standing at in the living room when my mother came in and said two planes had flown into the WTC. I also remembered my parents reading out the subtitles on the news, as I couldn't read fast enough yet. I have not seen anything live, as I was at home with my babysitter, and we didn't have TV or radio on.

I think it's pretty safe to say that this was one of the darkest days in aviation history.
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:06 pm

Quoting dl021 (Reply 87):
I called my mother downtown and asked her what her plans for the day were......she replied that she was staying at work....she had no more room in her soul for concern with such things....she survived being a Jew in France during the second world war and if this was the beginning of the third the was going to keep living as she wanted and damn the terrorists anyway. My mother's tough.

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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:14 am

Well...I was at home, sitting in front my PC and surfing the web. At the time, I was subscribed to CNN "Breaking news" e-mail alert. All of a sudden, e-mails started arriving in quite a big number. I've read some about a plane hitting WTC, but, at that time, I thought it was probably some light aircraft. E-mails continued arriving and it really annoyed me. Then I turned my TV on and it was at the time of second plane hitting WTC....
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RE: 9/11/11 10 Years Ago I Was

Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:55 am

I was heading to Los Angeles on Air France flight AF068 while the horrors were happening. Here's the trip report:

Fuel Dump & Return To CDG: Enroute To LAX On 9/11 (by PlaneHunter Sep 11 2011 in Trip Reports)


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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