F-15 Pilot Recounts 9/11 Flight - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

F-15 Pilot Recounts 9/11 Flight

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS, Mont. -

On the morning of 9/11, F-15 pilot Colonel Tim Duffy was preparing for a training flight when he got a call about a hijacking. He and his wingman scrambled and flew for New York. On his flight, the recently retired pilot would have a unique vantage point to one of the greatest tragedies in American history.

Duffy took part in a memorial program at City College on Wednesday afternoon. In a conversation with us prior to the event, he described flying over New York City on that morning twelve years ago. Duffy says that after the attacks, the skies over New York had to be cleared, so they escorted planes to a safe landing at nearby airports. While he was escorting one plane, he saw movement in his peripheral vision and noticed the first tower appeared to have fallen. He had that confirmed when he radioed it in. He returned to the area and made a pass over the second tower. Duffy rolled the fighter sideways to look down on the building, and didn't see the building twisting or leaning.

"I was just getting ready to call on the radio that I think you can save the building," Duffy recalled, "and as I was looking at the square of the roof, all of a sudden the square started getting smaller, and it didn't really make any sense to me because I didn't have any frame of reference, and for a second or two, as I was watching it, it didn't mean anything to me until I started to see a plume come out of the bottom, and then I realized it was falling away from me." Duffy said it was "the most horrific thing" he had to see that day.

Duffy's flight is featured in an historical print unveiled during the ceremony at City College.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Rollover on I-90 eastbound

    Rollover on I-90 eastbound

    Sunday, November 19 2017 12:32 AM EST2017-11-19 05:32:11 GMT

    Montana Highway Patrol responded to a one vehicle rollover crash around 7 o'clock Saturday night.

    Montana Highway Patrol responded to a one vehicle rollover crash around 7 o'clock Saturday night.

  • One person dead in Billings Police-involved shooting

    One person dead in Billings Police-involved shooting

    Saturday, November 18 2017 3:07 PM EST2017-11-18 20:07:23 GMT

    One person is dead following a police-involved shooting on the 400 block of Bunting Street in Billings Southside Saturday. Five officers have been placed on administrative leave as per officer-involved shooting protocol. 

    One person is dead following a police-involved shooting on the 400 block of Bunting Street in Billings Southside Saturday. Five officers have been placed on administrative leave as per officer-involved shooting protocol. 

  • One person shot inside Billings brewery

    One person shot inside Billings brewery

    Saturday, November 18 2017 12:55 PM EST2017-11-18 17:55:32 GMT

    Billings Police officers are investigating an overnight shooting at Bones Brewery on Broadwater Avenue.  

    Billings Police officers are investigating an overnight shooting at Bones Brewery on Broadwater Avenue.