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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-11-2006, 09:50 AM
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Where were you 5 years ago today?

I first found out while out on a smoke break at Flying Cloud.

An ATC instructor came down to smoke for the first time in his life- he had the look of death on his face and then told a group of us that a plane had crashed into one of the towers. I looked at him with a WTF look- and said something to the effect of- "that doesn't just happen by accident." Finished the cigarette, walk inside to the breakroom, get a coke and the janitor comes running from the hangar to the main corridor screaming "the other tower just got hit." That's when I knew.

After that, it was complete chaos in the school. Eventually we were dismissed from class and police escorted us off of airport property.

That night, I went to work at the airport. At the time I was working for UPS. The airport looked like a graveyard ghost town. All types of aircraft sitting out on the tarmack parked every which way. Planes that didn't usually land at MSP were parked there. As this was prior to the new runway. Also, there were planes from all sorts of different countries with their unique tail numbers. It was just wild.

Our normal flights were cancelled but we had a 757 come in to be filled with medical supplies, blood, and other stuff from the Mayo clinic and Red Cross. It was escorted in by two F-16's flying just off of the 757's wing tips.

As soon as the 757 flared for landing the two F-16's rotated off. The 757 was then escorted to our ramp which was guarded by armed guards. It looked like a scene from a McGyver show or some action type movie.

That night was one of the most somber nights at work ever. Those of us that were working that flight signed our cargo containers with well wishes to those in NY and Philadelphia.

As soon as the plane was loaded, cargo door closed, and the K-Loader away from the plane to be escorted away by more National Guard Members. I was in charge of pushing back the plane that night. I got in the drivers seat, my friend who was in charge of the towbar hopped in the passenger's seat and waited until the lead mechanic started the number 2. Just before pushback we had a knock on the window and were told by some big-wig Guard guy that he would be riding with us to the taxi way. We get to where we disconnect the towbar from the plane, and the guard guy gets off the top of the cab and hops down with gun in hand to watch Kevin (my friend) unhook the tow bar from the pushback to nose gear. Kevin looked like he was going to piss his pants his knees were shaking so bad.

After disconnecting we sat and waited for the 757 to take off. Not being able to hear the radio between the tower and the plane- we figured we'd stop and wait until they were cleared for take off. Just as the plane rotated- two more F-16's came flying by. Flying not more than 30 feet from the ground. Just deafening to hear as they came out of nowhere it seemed. And away they all went... the 757 once again, being escorted by the f-16's on the wingtips. The neatest thing I ever experienced working at the airport.
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I was at school in my literature class. Called my dad right away because he was making deliveries in Jersey. He said he could see the smoke from where he was.
post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-11-2006, 11:48 AM
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Sitting on the couch watching cartoons with the kids when my wife called. She was on her way home from Cleveland hospital where she worked as a flight nurse. She saw what was probably flight 93 turning strangely she thought, before it got back into P.A.
She called and said to turn the TV on, I said it was, but not the right channel obviously. I saw the 2nd plane hit. It was a miserable day for everyone. I had to be at work that afternoon and then ended up at the crash site in P.A. a few days later for about a week for scene security. Hope I NEVER have to go to another one.


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I was at my parents house having lunch and my oldest kid was watching tv and came to us telling that a plane had just hit the twin towers in NY.
At first we thought he was kidding
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on my way to school listening to the radio.. kept changing the channel because all I heard was news then finally listened and realized what was going on



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I just got to work and my wife called and said a plane was hijacked.... I ran back home to watch on TV and saw the two towers being hit....

I then went back to work and was in disbelief with everyone else.



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was at home in silver spring Md (close to wash DC) when the first one hit. Then when the second one hit I ran to the firehouse to provide man power for any and all apparatus. We all just stood and watched the tv for the next 48 hours
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As most people know, I'm in a Navy helo squadron...

I was driving from San Diego to NAS Fallon, Nevada, for a two-week detachment. That drive is about 600 miles, and 300 of it is barren land with nothing around. I drove halfway on the 10th, and stayed in a hotel in Bishop, CA that night. I was by myself, so I crashed out early.

I woke up at about 7am, groggy, and flipped the TV on. First thing I saw was the Pentagon on fire; at the bottom of the screen, it said the WTC buildings had collapsed. I thought it was a nightmare. Pins and needles all over. First thing I thought was that the squadron would be trying to account for everyone. I called back, and asked if the det was still going to happen. They said yes. They also said to get to Fallon as fast as I reasonably could. I checked out and hit the road without even watching the TV again. I still had no solid idea of what just happened.

Here's the worst part; that was 4 hours of driving with no radio reception...no TV...no media. The whole way I can only imagine what happened. I didn't know it was an airplane. I stopped at a small store in the middle of nowhere to grab a drink and see if they had a TV. They didn't, but there was a flag in the window. Apparently, it was the last one they had. I snatched it, and put it in the back window of my truck....three trucks later, it's still there.

I didn't even want to listen to CD's. Was just pure silence for 4 hours.

Wasn't till I got to Fallon that I started wrapping my mind around what happened. We still finished out the two week det; but it was pretty weird to be away from home for two weeks. Even harder was the realization that all the gun training we did for those two weeks might be put to use sooner than I ever anticipated. Everything took on a whole new seriousness.

Our sister squadron in Norfolk VA actually landed on the lawn at the Pentagon and performed several medevacs.


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I was at work, heard on the radio that a plane crashed into one of the towers. First thought was man some airtrafficcontroler is is deed sh*t. Then when the second plane hit I knew some evil slime of sh*t was behind this.
Didn't do much for the rest of the day except watch live on the computer in total disbelief.

May the ones that left us rest in peace.

And the ones responsible burn in an eternal flame of sh*t forever.


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I was at work at Cisco @ Brussels Belgium, and we were there watching all this unfold... Colleagues and friends white, brown, yellow, muslim, christian, hindu... All trying to comprehend what just happened and where the unspeakable hate came from that made this possible.

To this day, I still don't understand

Or how a few crazy people can change the face of the world in a blink of an eye

RIP to anyone that perished on Ground Zero, and the people that died in the years after from their work on site due to inhaling the toxic air.

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Woke up by my ex calling me telling me about it, then went to school and watched it in my History class
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I was up in Seattle. Woke up, seen a few minutes of what happen on the TV. Then I loaded the TV and clothes up, and headed to San Diego(was my plan for that day, to move). Seemed like every bridge had someone waiving an American flag!
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on my way to school listening to the radio.. kept changing the channel because all I heard was news then finally listened and realized what was going on


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Sitting @ my work computer. I was looking through tool schematics when a gal from accounting yelled that a plane had hit the first tower. From then on I sat staring at MSNBC.com for about 4 hours. Nobody got anywork done that day..

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Was at a customers.....
Calling on the head Purchasing Agent.....
Who's son was in New York on vacation.....
And supposed to be going to meet with a member of the New York Rangers to discuss possibly getting a tryout....
At the Trade Centers.......


HE got the news on the phone from his wife who was at home watching the morning newscast on CNN......

he bolted without a word to the top floor nursery they have to turn on the television.....

a bunch of us followed him because all he was saying was "FUCK! NO! FUCK! OH MY GOD!"

he tried calling his sons cell, of course nothing.....

it was really tense for about two hours until his son found a working phone and called to tell him they had rescheduled for the next day.............

i didnt know the son at all, and knew the PA only in a business sense, but i never felt so happy in my life when the receptionist ran into the room to tell him his son was on the phone......

after that i went back to my office and the feelings i felt when i walked in and saw the Arab person who worked in the same building make me feel embarrassed to this day.

Living in a somewhat old fashioned place as I do, the words that i heard over the next few days actually made me proud to live here....

people were councilling tolerance, and to not overreact as we have a large number of islamic students at the local university, and many of them were probably more scared than "americans" were.

That didnt stop me from packing my shit up and getting ready for a recall (even though it was very unlikely due to injuries) from the Navy.

I also spent a lot of time contacting friends from my navy days, and wishing them good luck, as most were off onto carriers and attack subs almost immediately.....

after that, it was a long day night and following day, as there was no way i could sleep......

i still run the gauntlet of emotions as i sit here and think about it....

fear
anger
sadness
joy
pride


i still remember the feeling of hearing about 3 people being rescued, and the opposite feeling when the fire dept chaplain was carried off the scene.

the horror of visting a friend the next week and trying to explain to his three young daughters with him and his wife, what was happening, and why people might do such a thing....

grasping the real number of people dead, by walking into a field full of flags for every person thoight perished, adn thinking "This can't be real".........it looks like there are thousdands and thousands of flags here......and realizing there were......

then seeing how people came together (as they still should be instead of the reversion to in fighting and nit picking that has turned out to be the norm) and did what was necessary to help people, and the way people travelled from all over to all of the sites just to help in any way they could.....

the time i spent helping pack food/water/supplies into tractor trailers to head that way with other volunteers.....


now i understand how people who lived through pearl harbor felt.....

at least a little.......
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Junior year of high school...Mr. Kriz's spanish class...turned on the radio and listened...football was canceled.....one place and time i will never forget
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In the Middle East finding out that night (time difference) that the US had been hit and thinking security is going to go completely nuts from now on. I couldn't believe at the time how impassive I was with what had happened, it was very surealistic.

My sister calling me and freaking out about friends she has in New York and their welfare. Turns out all were okay.

Having a front row seat to the one of the biggest buildups of military forces in decades in the gulf none to shortly after the infamous events of 9/11. Witnessing just how professional the US war machine (guys & gals) can be when put to adversity and worrying about the homeland.

5 years and it seems like yesterday in ways.


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I had just moved to Texas (10 days earlier) and started a new job. The duplex that I just rented was previously rented by an Arab that turned out to be a suspect. I was inundated with FBI and new reporters for a week. If that wasn't bad enough, one of the guys they caught that had contributed money to the operation lived 3 houses up. The news reporters were so thick that you couldn't get by. There were so many people calling in death threats that the police had to step up patrols. We were worried that some idiot would come by and firebomb the wrong house.

To this day, all I feel is anger about the whole thing and to be honest, I hope I never feel any different.
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