For one thing, 9/11 showed Americans how we respond to evil.
7:59 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 11 departs Boston for Los Angeles, carrying 81 passengers, two pilots, and nine flight attendants. This Boeing 767 is also hijacked and diverted to New York.
8:10 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 77 departs Washington's Dulles International Airport for Los Angeles,
carrying 58 passengers, two pilots, and four flight attendants.
8:20 a.m. - American Flight 11 stopped transmitting its transponder signal, and veered northward and departed dramatically from the westward heading of its planned route. The controllers concluded that the plane had probably been hijacked.
8:24 a.m. - The following transmission was reportedly received from American Airlines Flight 11:
Nobody move. Everything will be okay. If you try to make any moves, you'll endanger yourself and the airplane. Just stay quiet. Nobody move please we are going back to the airport .. don't try to make any stupid moves."
8:41 a.m. - One of pilots of United Airlines Flight 175 reported that he had overheard a transmission from hijacked Flight 11, he said,
"Ya we figured we'd wait to go to you center ah we heard a suspicious transmission on our departure out of Boston ah with someone ah, ah sound like someone sound like someone keyed the mike and said ah everyone ah stay in your seats."
Shortly thereafter, the last radio communication from United Airlines Flight 175 was made from the pilots and air traffic control, where one pilot says, "that's ah cut out ... did you copy that?"
9:27 a.m. - United Airlines Fight 93 was hijacked.
A Minnesota National Guard C-130 that had just taken off from nearby Andrews Air Force Base followed the jetliner in the seconds before it crashed. The pilot of the C-130, who described the plane, provided the following account:
9:43 a.m. - President Bush's motorcade arrives at Sarasota's airport and pulls up close to Air Force One. He learns a plane has hit the Pentagon as the motorcade gets near the airport.
10:05 a.m. - The South Tower at the World Trade Center collapses.10:05 a.m. - The capitol of the United States and the White House are evacuated. The first time since the War of 1812 when the British burned Washington to the ground.
10:06 a.m. - A large section of one side of The Pentagon collapses.
10:06 a.m. - United Airlines Flight 93 crashes in a wooded area near Somerset, Pennsylvania, after passengers confront hijackers.
10:28 a.m. - The North Tower at the World Trade Center collapses.
10:32 a.m. - Vice President Dick Cheney calls President Bush and tells him of a threat to Air Force One.
President Bush is also informed that it would take between 40 to 90 minutes to get a protective jet fighter escort up to Air Force One. Because of this information, Air Force One turns toward Louisiana.
President Bush told an aide, "Air Force One is next."
Everyone on the plane knew that President Bush was angry that we were attacked, and this news didn't help to make things better. "We're going to find out who did this," the President told Vice President Cheney, "and we're going to kick their asses."
10:59 a.m. - Two F-16s meet Air Force One as escorts. Piloted by Shane Brotherton and Randy Roberts from the Texas Air National Guard, this was the very same Texas Air National Guard that President Bush himself once served in as a Pilot.
11:29 a.m. - Four more fighters jets join up to now protect Air Force One.
12:36 p.m. - President Bush gives a short speech at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana that is taped and played by the networks at 1:04 p.m
1:04 p.m. - President Bush speaks to our nation from a briefing room at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.
We have been in touch with the leaders of Congress and with world leaders to assure them that we will do whatever is necessary to protect America and Americans.
The resolve of our great nation is being tested. But make no mistake: We will show the world that we will pass this test. God bless."
1:15 p.m. - President Bush departs the conference room for Air Force One in a camouflaged Humvee. He talks to Vice President Dick Cheney again while en route to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
The President then schedules a 3 p.m. meeting with his National Security Staff.
2:50 p.m. - Air Force One lands at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska. President Bush stays on the plane for about 10 minutes before entering United States Strategic Command at 3:06p.m.
The meeting ended at 4:15 p.m..
4:33 p.m. - President Bush then departs for Washington. While headed to Washington, he calls First Lady Laura Bush and says, "I'm coming home, see you at the White House." He then gets to work on his prime-time speech to the nation.
At around 6 p.m. - Members from both sides of Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate, make a joint statement regarding the attacks. They end their press conference with the singing of "God Bless America".
6:46 p.m. - President Bush arrives at White House to prepare for address to the nation.
8:30 p.m. - President Bush speaks to nation from The Oval Office, and says,
Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.
The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger.
These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.
Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature, and we responded with the best of America, with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.
Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks.
The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight and will be open for business tomorrow.
Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business as well.
The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. I've directed the full resources for our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and bring them to justice.
We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.
I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks.
And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us spoken through the ages in Psalm 23, Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me.
This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time.
Thank you. Good night and God bless America."
President Bush and his advisers have already decided that Osama Bin Laden is behind the attacks.
President Bush says, "tell the Taliban we're finished with them."
8:35 p.m. - President Bush then attends another National Security meeting.
10:21 p.m. - After the meeting had ended, the Secret Service radio relays the news that President George W. Bush has gone upstairs to bed, "Trailblazer. Second floor of the residence."