It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two decades since the United States experienced the horror of 9/11. We woke up on a beautiful fall Tuesday morning, only to end the day with more than 3,000 dead, a nation in shock, four airliners down, and three symbols of American might in ruin.
FAA and NORAD Tapes as 9/11 Unfolded
We recently came across this sobering two hour ATC transcript for 9/11. It’s both painful to listen to and shows the herculean effort of ATC to sort out the situation in real time amidst the confusion and chaos of the day. They were simultaneously coordinating the safe return of thousands of other jets while also requesting military support. The coordinated efforts between the pilots, ATC, and the military highlights the tremendous effort to generate a response. Keep in mind as you listen that the situation unfolding was something never rehearsed or practiced before. It was a real-life nightmare transpiring at command centers and air traffic control centers across the nation.
On this day, we remember the heroes that died and a world that changed forever. This video transcript is raw but worth listening to on this solemn day.
May we never forget.