[FoRK] Hijacking? Training? Dead radio?

Jeffrey Winter <JeffreyWinter at crd.com> on Tue Jan 15 05:25:45 PST 2008

Or perhaps it's the "End of Times":

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Stephen D. Williams
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 7:12 AM
To: Friends of Rohit Khare
Subject: Re: [FoRK] Hijacking? Training? Dead radio?

Cool.  I'll look for it on the field tomorrow.
The fighter escort was strange.  It was really close to the plane.
Perhaps it doubles as a beam weapon.  ;-)


Bill Humphries wrote:
> See http://community.livejournal.com/mountain_view/219343.html
> It have been SOFIA, 
> http://www.sofia.usra.edu/News/news_2007/12_20_07/index.html
>> If another flight is required, it would occur in early January after 
>> a break for the holiday season. The SOFIA will then be flown to 
>> NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., for an 
>> open-house exhibit of the aircraft and telescope for Ames personnel. 
>> The SOFIA will then be flown to Dryden's newly established Aircraft 
>> Operations Facility in nearby Palmdale, Calif., where it will be 
>> based during additional development, flight testing and its 
>> operational lifetime. Once at Palmdale, the SOFIA will undergo major 
>> telescope subsystem installation and integration in preparation for 
>> the next phase of flight tests with the telescope's external cavity 
>> door open, scheduled to begin in late 2008.
> Dunno why it gets a fighter escort.
> On Jan 14, 2008, at 6:58 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>> Nothing on the news...  I can't imagine they were doing an exercise.

>> The airliner was clearly not military or Air Force One.  It had to be

>> a suspected hijacking.  Maybe their radio was out, although I can't 
>> imagine that an airliner pilot doesn't carry a handheld.  I do in 
>> Cessnas.  (I lost all electrical, and therefore radios, just after 
>> leaving ADIZ on my last solo cross country.  My future plan to buy a 
>> radio was accelerated.  ;-) )
> -- whump
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