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What did the 911 attackers know?
Posted by: DurangoKid (IP Logged)
Date: March 8, 2005 12:09AM

It's common knowledge among pilots that Washington DC and New York City are two of the most heavily guarded airspaces on the planet. Is it safe to assume that anyone planning an attack on the Pentagon and WTC would be aware of this? And if so, why launch such an attack if it was doomed to be intercepted? If the attackers knew there would be a virtual stand down, how did they know and who would have told them?

Re: What did the 911 attackers know?
Posted by: shark99987 (IP Logged)
Date: October 27, 2005 04:33AM

The standdown claim is starting to lose credibility.
To reach their peak speed, the fighters would've had to use their full afterburner, which only lasts a few minutes. A full load of fuel and missiles is likely to slow down fighters. At 577mph, the fighters were traveling well above normal cruising speeds. []

[] - the pros and cons, take everything with a grain of salt
[] - discusses F-16 speeds, Payne Stewart interception, the 67 pre-9/11 interceptions, hijacked jets' transponders and radar, war games, Andrews AFB v. Langley AFB

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