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Where were you on 9/11/02?

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Just wanted to know were you all were and your first reaction to 9/11/02? This was the day that changed everything. The aviation world will never be the same. Even Microsoft Flight Simulator was affected on this day.Tough to think it has been a year already.

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"BREAKING NEWS" and the rest is sordid history. The most bizarre occurance soon after that was driving from Portland, OR down the I-5 corridor to Salem,OR and seeing no con-trails and no aircraft in the skys. Now THAT was errie!!

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I don't know where I was on 9/11/02. I will know Wednesday though. ;)Rob

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Are you sure you mean the year 02?GoodyGoody@cableone.net

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I was at work then and will be at work wednessday.In most of the world nothing changed at all. Even in the US little changed that wouldn't have changed anyway over a somewhat longer time.The economic effects are negligable, all that happened is that the downward slope became a bit steeper but it also is bottoming out sooner so the net effect there is not great either.Of course a lot of people died and the US got a nasty wakeup call concerning their vulnerability to international terrorism (in large part because of the openness of the society and the lack of security consciousness of security staff at airports) but globally the effects are small.Actually, the people most effected at large (except the families of the deceased) are those of Afghanistan who are now better off than they would have been without these attacks.

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I'm happy none of these events has affected you, your family or your personal economy. I was a captain then, I am an FO now. I have a brother who was about to start a job as a flight instructor then, he is just a student now. I have many colleagues who worked all their lives to get where they were on the eleventh only to be collecting unemployment or bartending now. I have parents who could have been in that building that day but were luckily not. But overall, I guess I'm happy I still have a place on the seniority list, that it did not happen to my plane, nobody from my family was there and most of all, I don't have to worry about filling that dreadful looking application to American Airlines I got in the mail the week before the eleventh.

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I was at my computer at work when I logged onto Avsim to see a post about a plane hitting the WTC, I immediately went to CNN, CNBC, ect.. but could not get access to the sites because of the amount of traffic. I tool the large TV out of the closet at work plugged turned it on in the large conference room to ABC just as I sat down the United 767 hit the second tower.I was in total shock, disbelief, it was a mind numbing experience. I sat and watched as the news played the crash over and over again for several minutes. Then they confirmed that it was a United plane I took off for my desk sending out emails to my friends and family who work for United to make sure those who are pilots and fa's were ok. I contacted my friend at the WHQ later in the afternoon to track down my friends who I was unable to locate. Later that evening my friend from the WHQ called me and let me know that all were ok. John

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I was in front of the television watching it on the news when the 1st tower got hit...Then to my horror watched as the second aircraft slammed into the next one. No less than a year before that i lived in Jersey City, NJ a mere 1/2 hr from lower manhattan and the WTC.I use to work 5 or 6 blocks from the towers, and my favorite watering hole is 3 blocks up on Murray St.=Swiv=

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I was with the mother of a kid who had committed suicide the evening before.

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I was just getting home from a good day of school(the weather was really cruddy) and my neighbor who is Belgian ran out and said, turn on your tv!!! new york supposedly under attack!!! so I turned on CNN and just as the first plane hit the tower, I then saw both towers be hit and fall and same with the pentagon(as much as was shown) so an hour later I biked in the pouring rain to my school 3 blocks away to tell my sister durring her play practice, I then called katie- a great friend of mine who is FROM New york City! who just moved here 2 moths earlier(Prior to the attacks). .. school was canceled the next day and Belgian 'special forces' type gaurds with dogs were at our school for a month, due to threats we recieved from possible al qaeda or equivilent hooligans. I know on wednesday I am only wearing three colors.. RED WHITE AND BLUE...

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>I was at work then and will be at work wednessday. >In most of the world nothing changed at all. Even in the US >little changed that wouldn't have changed anyway over a >somewhat longer time.Before I respond to that, are you serious that nothing changed in the US, or the world?>The economic effects are negligable, all that happened is >that the downward slope became a bit steeper but it also is >bottoming out sooner so the net effect there is not great >either.So you think that the economic effects would have been nearly the same with, or without, the events of 9/11? The stock market here would have dipped, on it's first day back, more than 600 points even without that? >Of course a lot of people died and the US got a nasty wakeup >call concerning their vulnerability to international >terrorism (in large part because of the openness of the >society and the lack of security consciousness of security >staff at airports) but globally the effects are small. I agree with the first part of your statements, we certainly did get a "wakeup" call. Whether the effects, globally, are small is another question. There were a number of other nations that joined with us to avenge what was done to us, that felt sorrow for what was dealt to us.But I must say, unless you were here, unless you were close enough to experience the horror of that event, you really can't be a judge of what it was for us here. I live, and work, a few miles from NYC, when the events of 9/11 occurred, I was in work...a few of us left work when we heard what had happened and took a 15 minute drive to where we could see the NY skyline. Unless, and until, you can see something similar to that, when you can see two majestic buildings that you are used to seeing on your skyline for many years, fall to the ground in a cloud of smoke, knowing that many thousands of people are in them, and have died at the moment that you are watching it, then you really don't have much to say in my opinion. >Actually, the people most effected at large (except the >families of the deceased) are those of Afghanistan who are >now better off than they would have been without these >attacks.Yes, to an extent. There is still a lot of crap going on there... assassination attempts, recent car bombings...it's no rose garden over there, and may get worse. Like you have said, "except for the families of the deceased..."But think for a moment what some of them have had to go through...some of those people will have their loved ones never recovered. Think about what they have to consider, as far as why they won't be. How would YOU like to know that someone that you loved was torn to pieces in the collapse of a building, to never be found? Think about all of the time that they hoped that they WOULD be found. My heart goes out to the people that had to go through that...political issues be damned.

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I was in second period--Geometry class when the principal came over the PA and said a plane had hit the world trade center, and that there was a gaping hole.

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>I was with the mother of a kid who had committed suicide the >evening before. As I have friends who have experienced the exact same thing, how was she holding up under the circumstances? It must have been a "double blow.""we go into the circle by night"

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Getting ready for work, sending the kids to school. My Boss calls and says that a plane crashed into the tower. I clicked on the news to see the second plane hit. My heart went to my stomach because i new what was happening..................................A very sad day in deed! My thoughts to all this sept 11, 2002EdPolski Pilot

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I was at work at Toys R Us (UK) (yeah, yeah). I heard about it from a colleage who said a plane had crashed into the WTC. I first though very bad weather nad pilot/controller error. Others were saying that the towers hasd collapsed, but I didn't believe them, but then in the afternoon, customers came in saying that the other tower had been hit, then the towers fell. I was in a total daze for a couple of days. I couldn't eat when I got home and saw the news and people jumping. It was so upsetting. May they rest in peace.As I said, I was in a daze, as I want to pursue an piloting career, and saw it disappear infront of my eyes. But now things are beginning to settle a bit and things may pick up in the future.Those are my thoughts and memories of that terrible day

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At the time, I was flying a corporate jet from Westchester County Airport. We took off at 8:48. A couple of minutes into the flight the NY departure controller told a couple of inbound aircarrier flights to plan on diverting elsewhere since JFK was now closed. Apparently AN airplane had hit the WTC. His tone was that of "I wish he hadn't done that, this is going to be a long day.About 5 minutes later while still on departure he came back and announced with alarm in his voice that a second aircraft had hit WTC and BOTH were aircarriers. We went on and landed at Hyannis as planned, knowing we weren't going anywhere soon. We watched the morning unfold on TV along with the rest of the world. Another crew we watched with had been in the airspace west of BOS and moved out of the way by ATC since ATC had lost contact with AA11. Next day as I was driving rent car back to HPN it was sobering to see the sky void of contrails only to see a F15 pass low over the highway southbound in afterburner heading for NYC to do CAP.

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I was lying in bed, slow to wake up because I was taking a sick day from work for a job interview.Listening to Imus, one of his buddies called in and said "A plane just hit the tower"... so they in the studio turned on the TV and sounded rather stunned. All accounts said commuter plane. I ran downstairs and flipped on my TV, and sat and watched. The hole, the fire, and what I thought was the outline of an airliner told me it was not a commuter... but I was hoping. Then the second plane hit - I was mortified and genuinely scared, even though I was in suburban Rhode Island. I had to get ready for my interview, so I took a shower. As I got out, the first tower collapsed. On my ride into the interview, news of the PA crash came in and the second tower crumbled. My interview was in a local federal building. They had multiple Providence Police officers stationed in body armor, as well as multiple federal officers. I was well checked for credentials, and went upstairs. My interview was cut short because the building was being evacuated as a precaution.That afternoon was spent watching TV, listening to the radio, and distinctly noticing the LACK of air traffic over my house (At the time I was on the northern approaches to KPVD). The amazingly crip, un-contrailed sky was striking.Thanks for letting me share - good topic. -Greg

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I was at the Fed in Washington DC ready to train up to NYC for a conference at the NY Fed. I'd spent 6 months arranging this and was all psyched to go. After boarding the Fed's minibus at Farragut West metro station, I thought the driver had the radio on horribly loud because there was an apparently endless review of what I thought was some new Hollywood film about airliners crashing into skyscrapers. Everybody in the bus figured similarly and was irritated by the deafening broadcast.But as we neared our destination, we started to realize that this was a NEWS broadcast and that something horrible and bizarre seemed to be happening.Upstairs with colleagues five minutes later, I looked up directly at the Pentagon in the distance and saw a huge plume of smoke erupting skyward into the steel blue sky. I heard no explosion but I suddenly felt light headed and panicky as I heard myself say "#####, are they attacking us in DC now?!"Out on the street with legions of staff shortly after, I heard a huge explosion in the distance and felt a momentary ground tremor. I figured that the Pentagon was blowing up in stages.We had teams that were supposed to be on the 96th floor of one of the towers at 9 am starting a review at a Japanese bank. The bank and its staff are no more but by the grace of God, our staff were late and missed everything.One never really stops thinking about 9/11.JS

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I was on the city bus going too my class, when one of my friends told me about how a plane crashed into the WTC, I thought he was joking, but once I got too the school CNN was on the TV's :( Sad DayBest Regards Derek Beal :-wave[link:www.aeroflot.com]http://flightsimmers.net/va/aeroflot724/header_logo_ru.jpgPROUD RUSSIAN/CANADIAN! :D http://www.x-plane.org/users/dbeal/3dflags...om_russi2bl.gif http://www.x-plane.org/users/dbeal/canadaa.gif

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I was driving on route 309 (Pennsylvania) North to Hazelton, Pa. I was listening to Howard Stern, and my wife called my cell phone to tell me of the plane embedded in the World Trade Center. Of course, I didn't know what had happened, and I had been inadvertently "rude" to my wife (I've regretted it ever since) and said, "I'm in a remote cell area, and I'll probably lose this call. If it were something important, I'd have heard about it on the radio." Soon afterwards, Howard started commenting on the plane hitting the WTC. I started getting misty-eyed, and called my wife to apologize my rude, abrupt behavior. I'll never forget the exact moment, and it is in my mind like when I was changing classes in 11th grade, and heard that JFK had been shot! Stan

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Interesting perspectives from all of you so far, especially the comparison to the JFK assassination. It's a cliche, but you don't forget where you were when such an event happens.

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Because of the time zone I'm in, I was at school when it actually happened. I didn't hear about it until I got home some hours later, I believe it was my mum who first told me it had happened. Turned on the TV and just sat there for a couple of hours in disbelief. It was scary when you flipped channels and they were talking about the same thing on all channels. The small local Swedish newschannels, CNN, Sky, everyone was showing the footage and talking about the attack.Then I logged on to IRC on the Internet, to talk to some of my friends from the US and to make sure there were OK. I remember that it was totally impossible to log on to any site in the US from here (Sweden, Europe). The whole Internet collapsed for a couple of hours.

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I was laid up in my bed having just returned from the hospital the day before after having another ligament transplanted in my knee. I was heavily under the influence of Morphine as the surgery had been in Alabama and I lived in Puerto Rico at the time so I had just made a very long plane trip in a lot of pain the day before. I woke up and turned on the TV and thought there was some hollywood special effects show on. When I finally realized what was going on I was stunned. I sat there in bed in front of that TV for 3 days without sleeping, all the while staring at the TV and feeling sad for the families and the rescue workers. Being a member of the Coast Guard I wanted so badly to go to work and help in some form or other but I was unable to move my left leg due to the surgery and felt helpless and depressed. That depression still lingers on today when I see footage of that terrible day. I still get choked up and feel like crying again when I hear about, or see the footage, of those poor people jumping from the flames holding hands on their way to their deaths. Sad day indeed.Ken

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