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USA Today article on NORAD
Posted by: photophreak (IP Logged)
Date: April 18, 2004 09:11PM


Wow. So that brings the total to two, of drills based on a passenger plane crashing into the Pentagon.

Add this to the timeline, next to its brother:


These quotes infuriates me:

No exercise matched the specific events of Sept. 11, NORAD said.

"We have planned and executed numerous scenarios over the years to include aircraft originating from foreign airports penetrating our sovereign airspace," Gen. Ralph Eberhart, NORAD commander, told USA TODAY. "Regrettably, the tragic events of 9/11 were never anticipated or exercised."

So unless 100% of the details conform to their previous exercises, NORAD won't be able to respond...That's a nice thought, and complete bullsh*t. Does that mean that NORAD exercised detail-for-detail 100% the events of the Payne Stewart tragedy, because they sure pulled that off.

This must be added to the timeline:

But there were exceptions in the early drills, including one operation, planned in July 2001 and conducted later, that involved planes from airports in Utah and Washington state that were "hijacked." Those planes were escorted by U.S. and Canadian aircraft to airfields in British Columbia and Alaska.

P.s. Total accident that the time of this post is 9:11
It was actually quarter past midnight here and my clock is 20 minutes fast...
What are the odds? (60 x 24 = 1440 minutes, 9:11 happens twice)

Edited 1 times. Last edit at 04/18/04 09:28PM by photophreak.

Re: USA Today article on NORAD
Posted by: paulthompson (IP Logged)
Date: April 20, 2004 09:01PM

Yep, that's an important one. It certainly will get in there.

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