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Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:16 am
Thoughts and Prayers for that terrible day. I also cant forget the silence of no aircraft in the skies for the week to follow.
Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:23 am
Back then I was a Road Warrior for a communications company. United was my "preferred carrier" and I flew mostly out of Boston. I was on "first name basis" with the crew of UA 175 (Although they called me "Mr. Cooper".)
I also knew Capt. Ogonowski, captain of AA 11 as he lived in a town near by and we were both pilots, although the planes he flew were a lot easier to handle, what with having the nose wheel in front. Occasionally I flew American out of Boston and more than once with him and his crew.
RIP all involved.
The week following I found solace working on my plane at an airfield just outside of Boston. The silence was deafening.
But for the grace of God, I could have been on one of those planes. I was in the office that week and got to watch the plane hit the second tower live on TV. Several of my co-workers left Boston that morning and ended up spending the rest of the week driving back from Dallas.
Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:43 am
That's a sobering story John... thankful that fate kept you on the ground that day.
Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:29 am
Sobering indeed. Those events had such a long reach into so many lives.
Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:08 pm
I'm not sure why, but this year more than those past it seems to have come back to haunted me. Thanks for listening...
Capt. Ogonowski owned a farm in the next town and sold pumpkins in the fall. Today there is a R/C flying field in my former town named after him.