Pilots of hijacked flights on 911
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John Ogonowski was captain of American Airlines flight 11. Ogonowski was an Air Force fighter pilot in Vietnam and joined American Airlines 23 years ago. He was big, burly and physically strong. His co-pilot, Tom McGuinness, was also in excellent physical condition.
Victor Saracini was captain of United Airlines Flight 175. Saracini was a former fighter pilot of the Vietnam era. He was in superb physical shape, with a quick and alert mind.
Chic Burlingame was captain of American Airlines Flight 77. Burlingame was a graduate of Naval Academy, flew F-4s in Vietnam, and left the Navy 28 years ago and joined American Airlines. Burlingame was a health nut, jogger and exceptionally competent pilot.
LeRoy Homer was the first officer of United Airlines flight 93. It crashed in Somerset County, Pa., at 10:10 a.m. Homer, muscular and agile, was a former Air Force pilot.
Given the experience of these pilots, it is very difficult to imagine a forced takeover of any of their cockpits.