We can all use websites like FlightAware to watch air traffic. They existed in 2001, but they were not free. Leslie used one to track TAS’ planes when they were out of radio range.
So she used it to watch all the flights land on 9-11-2001. There was one still in the air after all the others had landed. It was flying over [some middle-US-state] when it blipped-off the screen. It didn’t land, it just stopped being on-screen. So she searched the registration database. The plane? Air Force Two. (Air Force One and Two were interchangeable. The President was not in the air, so the plane was Air Force Two.)
[some middle-US-state] is NOT between the White House, and the VPs house, so FOX New’s guess is wrong. My guess? VP Cheney’s 9-11 bunker was on Air Force Two, somewhere in the western USA.
Here’s a video that shows what the USA’s ATP traffic can look like on a typical day.
Here’s a video about becoming the fastest woman on Earth
I dig land speed record videos.
What’s with the fighter-pilot-oxygen-mask?
Is it for cooling (not oxygen) like on a racing helmet?
Pilots use oxygen to fly unpressurized planes at high altitudes. Why do that? If there’s a stronger tailwind up there, then they can save time and fuel. I read a story about a check-delivery-pilot that did this, but became oxygen-deprived by mistake. Most military flying requires oxygen masks too.
A commercial pilot is not what you think it is.
(The rest of this post is USA-centric.)
The people that fly for the airlines, need an Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL). The ATPL requires 750 to 1500 hours (depending on your training) of flying. The people that we usually call “commercial pilots”, are actually ATPs. The commercial pilots license is different.
Where will our future pilots come from?
That check-delivery-story reminded me of my concerns about where the USA will get its future pilots.
How does a pilot get 750 to 1500 hours of experience, which is just one of the requirements for the ATPL?