The only plane in the sky.

03 Nov 2016 | the stand

Rep. Adam Putnam:

There was one van, maybe a press van, that was parked too close to the plane’s wing. I remember a Secret Service agent running down the aisle; they opened the back stairs, he ran down to move the truck. He never made it back on board. They didn’t wait for him.

Col. Mark Tillman:

I went down to the tarmac to see about having the plane refueled. We could carry 14 hours of fuel. I wanted 14 hours of fuel. I was worried that they weren’t going to have enough fuel trucks, but it turned out we’d happened to park over a hot refueling tank they used for bombers. This civilian is arguing with our crew, “The fuel pits are only authorized for use in time of war.” This Air Force master sergeant—God bless him—overhears this and roars, “We are at war!” He whips out his knife and starts cutting open the cover. That defines to me what the day was like.

I remember precisely where I was on September 11, 2001, home, watching Channel News Asia. I also remember the day Osama died, there were no transcendent moments.

[via Garrett M. Graff, Politico]


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