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Pravda - 09-00 To 06-01 US Fighters Scrambled 67

From: Frank Warren <frank-warren@pacbell.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 08:52:24 -0800
Fwd Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 10:08:22 -0500
Subject: Pravda - 09-00 To 06-01 US Fighters Scrambled 67

Source: Pravda



Between September 2000 and June 2001, US fighters launched 67
times to escort aircraft.

It happens all the time. When a small private plane recently
entered the 23-mile restricted ring around the U.S. Capitol, two
F-16 interceptors were immediately launched from Andrews Air
Force Base, just 10 miles away. In a similar episode, a pair of
F-16 "Fighting Falcons" on 15-minute strip alert was airborne
from Andrews just 11 minutes after being notified by the North
American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) of a Cessna straying
towards the White House. [AP Nov11/03; CNN June20/02]

These were well-practiced routines. With more than 4,500
aircraft continuously sharing U.S. airspace, between September
2000 and June 2001 the Pentagon launched fighters on 67
occasions to escort wayward aircraft. [FAA news release
Aug/9/02; AP Aug13/02]

But on Sept 11, 2001, NORAD and the FAA ignored routine
procedures and strict regulations. In response to a national
emergency involving hijacked airliners as dangerous as cruise
missiles, interceptors launched late from distant bases flew to
defend their nation at a fraction of their top speeds. [NORAD
news release Sept. 18/01]

WHAT NORAD KNEW A recently resurfaced NORAD news bulletin
released seven days after Sept. 11 explains that America's
aerial defenders were slow to counter rapidly developing air
attacks because they didn't hear from the FAA that American
Airlines Flight 11 had been hijacked until 8:40 that fateful
morning. [NORAD news release Sept. 18/01]

But at the National Military Command Center (NMCC) in the
basement of the Pentagon, Air Force staff officers monitoring
every inch of airspace over the northeastern seaboard would have
caught that first hijacking when Flight 11's identification
transponder stopped transmitting at 8:20 - automatically
triggering a radar alarm.

With their capability to monitor developing "situations" by
tapping into military and civilian radars, U.S. military
commanders would have also seen Flight 175 turn abruptly south
25 minutes later - just as they had watched on radar in October
1999 when pro golfer Payne Stewart's Learjet abruptly departed
its flight path while enroute o Dallas. [CNN Oct26/1999]

In that legendary intercept, a fighter jet out of Tyndall,
Florida was diverted from a training flight to escort the Lear,
whose pilot had become incapacitated, trapping Stewart in the
stratosphere. An F-16 was reportedly sitting off the left
wingtip of Payne's pilotless business jet within 19 minutes of
the FAA alert. [ABC News Oct25/99]

If NORAD had been as quick to scramble or divert airborne
fighters on Sept. 11, two "anti-terrorist" F-15's on armed alert
could have been sent south from Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod.
Flying at full afterburners without edging over the Atlantic to
disperse their sonic footprint, two of the fastest fighters on
the planet would have broken a few windows. But all the glass in
the Twin Towers might have stayed intact had the "fast-movers"
intercepted Flight 11 over the Hudson Rive at least six minutes
from Manhattan.

NO HURRY SAYS NORAD Instead, in a stunning admission that
received little press scrutiny at the time, NORAD noted that for
all interceptions flown against the hijackers on Sept. 11,
"Flight times are calculated at 9 miles per minute or .9 Mach."
In other words, every interception flown by the world's hottest
air-combat aircraft was flown at less than a third of the
planes' top speed.

A Defense Department manual insists, "In the event of a
hijacking, the NMCC will be notified by the most expeditious
means by the FAA." To make this happen, the Federal Aviation
Administration permanently posts a liaison officer in the
Pentagon air defense room. [CJCSI 3610.01A, June1/01]

Yet, according to NORAD, after air traffic controllers realized
that Flight 11 had been hijacked, 38 vital minutes passed before
a pair of F-15's were scrambled from Otis. As they lifted off,
American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World
Trade Center, 153 air miles away as a Falcon flies. [NORAD Sept.

United Airlines Flight 175 was still 20 minutes out.

"The F-15 pilots flew ''like a scalded ape, topping 500 mph but
were unable to catch up to the airliner," Maj. Gen. Paul Weaver
later told reporters. [St. Augustine Times Sept16/01]

Scalded apes? Airliners fly at 500 mph. An F-15 can fly almost
four-times faster.

STEP ON IT One of the Otis intercept pilots dubbed "Duff", later
lamented: "We've been over the flight a thousand times in our
minds and I don't know what we could have done to get there any

For starters, he and his wingman could have tried pushing their
twin throttles fully forward. Instead of flying two-and-a-half
times faster than a bullet, "Nasty" and "Duff" drove their
expensive air superiority fighters at a leisurely 447-mph -
 supposedly to intercept a Boeing 767 flying 43 mph faster!
Utilizing only 27% power, the F-15's were "eight minutes/71
miles" away, according to NORAD, when Flight 175 struck the
South Tower with 56 souls and more than ten tons of fuel
onboard. [Christian Science Monitor Mar8/02]

HONOR THE THREAT With both Trade Towers burning, and hijacked
United Flight 93 shadowed by a circling F-16 over Pennsylvania,
American Airlines Flight 77 was the only threat left in the sky.
When that Boeing 757 silenced its transponder signal, made a U-
turn over Kentucky and headed directly for the White House and
the Pentagon, one billion viewers riveted to the big networks
knew this was a kamikaze run. [Telegraph Sept13/01]

With no other bogeys on eastern seaboard scopes, air combat
doctrine dictates that the two unemployed Otis F-15s already in
the area be redirected to "honor the threat" of an incoming
flying bomb, 330 miles out. Even loafing along, the fighters
would have more than 20 minutes to confront Flight 77 before it
neared the Pentagon.

Instead, Pentagon professionals defending their country's nerve
centers waited more than an hour after watching Flight 11 go
rogue - including 30 critical minutes after Flight 77 turned
abruptly toward them and the nearby White House - before
scrambling two F-16's out of Langley Air Force Base to protect
the capitol.

Nearly half-an-hour after receiving the belated order to
scramble, two Falcons coasted in over the burning Pentagon.
Slowed down to just 410 mph, it had taken the 1,500 mph-capable
fighters 19 minutes to cover the 130 miles from Virginia. It
should have taken just over seven minutes to reach the Pentagon
- at about the time Flight 77 was making a predatory circle
overhead. [NORAD Sept18/01; USAF]