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NORTH AMERICAN

AEROSPACE DEFENSE COMMAND



Directorate of Public Affairs, Headquarters, North American Aerospace Defense Command & US Space Command,

250 S. Peterson Blvd, Suite 116, Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80914-3190 Phone (719) 554-6889 DSN 692-6889

NORAD and US Space Command website address: http://www.peterson.af.mil/norad or http://www.peterson.af.mil/usspacecom


18 September, 2001

Contact: (719) 554-6889

NORAD’S Response Times

PETERSON AFB, Colo. --The following timelines show NORAD’s response to the airliner hijackings on September 11, 2001.

* All times are Eastern Daylight Time; NEADS = North East Air Defense Sector, NORAD

** Scramble = Order to get an aircraft airborne as soon as possible

***Estimated = loss of radar contact

**** Flight times are calculated at 9 miles per minute or .9 Mach

***** The FAA and NEADS established a line of open communication discussing AA Flt 77 and UA Flt 93

American Airlines Flight 11 – Boston enroute to Los Angeles

FAA Notification to NEADS0840*

Fighter Scramble Order (Otis Air National Guard Base, Falmouth, Mass. Two F-15s )0846**

Fighters Airborne 0852

Airline Impact Time (World Trade Center 1)0846 (estimated)***

Fighter Time/Distance from Airline Impact LocationAircraft not airborne/153 miles

United Airlines Flight 175 – Boston enroute to Los Angeles

FAA Notification to NEADS0843

Fighter Scramble Order (Otis ANGB, Falmouth, Mass. Same 2 F-15s as Flight 11)0846

Fighters Airborne 0852

Airline Impact Time (World Trade Center 2)0902 (estimated)

Fighter Time/Distance from Airline Impact Locationapprox 8 min****/71 miles

American Flight 77 –Dulles enroute to Los Angeles

FAA Notification to NEADS0924

Fighter Scramble Order (Langley AFB, Hampton, Va. 2 F-16s )0924

Fighters Airborne 0930

Airline Impact Time (Pentagon)0937 (estimated)

Fighter Time/Distance from Airline Impact Locationapprox 12 min/105 miles

United Flight 93 – Newark to San Francisco

FAA Notification to NEADSN/A *****

Fighter Scramble Order (Langley F-16s already airborne for AA Flt 77)

Fighters Airborne ( Langley F-16 CAP remains in place to protect DC)

Airline Impact Time (Pennsylvania)1003 (estimated)

Fighter Time/Distance from Airline Impact Locationapprox 11 min/100 miles

(from DC F-16 CAP)

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