September 11 - 2001: F-15 fighter jets scramble from Otis after first tower hit

2001: Massachusetts pilot on AA Flight 11 on 9-11. 1985: The worker housing squeeze begins
F-15 fighter jets were scrambled from Otis Air Force Base on 9-11

2001: F-15 fighter jets scramble from Otis after first tower hit

After the first of the two World Trade Center towers was struck on the morning of September 11, 2001, two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled from Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod.

The jets were 71 miles away when the second tower was struck.

Read the chronology from that fateful day in the New York Times here.

 2001: Massachusetts pilot commanded fatal Flight 11

On this day in 2001 American Airlines pilot John Ogonowski made the familiar drive from his farm in Dracut to Logan airport. He was sorry he would miss a special event scheduled for later that day. Federal officials were coming to inspect the work of Cambodian immigrant farmers who leased land from Ogonowski.

A fourth-generation Massachusetts farmer, he was an active participant in the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project which helps immigrants carry on their agricultural traditions, while protecting farmland from development. When the officials arrived at the farm, they learned that the plane Ogonowski was piloting had been hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center. The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project continues, a living memorial to John Ogonowski.

Before dying, he managed to engage the aircraft's radio system to allow air traffic control to listen to the terrorists' conversations in the aircraft's cabin.

1985: Worker squeeze hits Cape

Nearly  a quarter-century ago, America's major media was warning us about the changes in our economic situation. Here is what the New York Times wrote:

"Cape Cape prosperity's price - Squeezing out the workers"

The workers who earn their living from Cape Cod's tourists are having a tougher time finding their own lodgings because of high real estate prices, and that is threatening the area's economy, analysts say.

A labor shortage in the last two summers has already caused a decline in service, creating a big problem for a tourist area, said Hal D. Smith, an economics professor at Cape Cod Community College.

''If your coffee is cold by the time you get it and your motel room bed still isn't made by 2:30 P.M., you're going to think twice about coming back,'' he said.

Read the rest in the New York Times here.


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