posted on Sep, 9 2015 @ 08:43 PM
a reply to: Macenroe82
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was one day away from my solo flight.
I was a student pilot flying a Piper Warrior N38267 on that clear, cool Tuesday morning. As my instructor and I where returning from our practice
area, into TYS Knoxville when the radios went nuts. My standard request for touch and go practice got refused by the tower, and I was ordered to
extend my downwind until notified. Pilots from Delta were arguing with the tower trying to takeoff for Atlanta. That's the only time I ever heard the
voice of Air Traffic Control show any emotion. A Delta flight was ordered to turn his Damn plane around and return to the gate. All aircraft in the
pattern were order to return to their home field and land immediately.
Knoxville' s TYS is host to a USAF, SAC base, KC135 takners and other not so well known at the time, aircraft. From my position at a thousand feet, I
could see lots of action on the military side of the twin runways. People running and trucks seemed every where.
I saw eight FA/18's rollout out on runway 5 R in two by two echelon formation and take off at full afterburners and they had white one on the hard
points. White ones are "war shots" , live missiles! This freaked out my instructor big time. We continued as directed by the tower as the big,
lumbering KC135s followed the fighters.
We were then instructed to land immediately and expedite. After we tied the bird down, we headed over to the pilot lounge for my after flight
debriefing. The other guys had a TV on CNN, and we're watching the replay of the towers coming down. I looked at the shocked faces of my fellow pilots
and said, "Guys, the world as we know it has just changed for ever".
edit on 9-9-2015 by Nickn3 because: (no reason given)