While I may have been a wee lad on 9/11, it is a day I strive to never forget. I have no personal memories of that day, but as I like history, I love learning more about that day. In my ATC class this semester I recently heard of what it was like in the TRACON of the Detroit Metro Airport. My professor was the supervisor at the TRACON there and his source of news was the controllers coming back from break. One controller comes back, says a plane has hit the World Trade Center, another controller comes and informs him of another airplane hitting the other tower. It was not long after that a message comes through, and it’s a tier one ground stop for the entirety of New York center(issued by someone who happens to be a professor here at ERAU as well, I want to get his story). Now that wasn’t normal, normally it’s only for a singular airport, or maybe a couple, never an entire ARTCC. The controllers he was supervising all did a fantastic job when the word was given that the entirety of US airspace was being closed, and got everyone on the ground. When my professor left that afternoon, he described it as eerily quiet, no cars driving through the airport, no airplanes taking off and landing. When he showed up for his next shift, he described it as being even more quiet, and there were only ever 4 airplanes at the most in the sky around DTW, those were two fighters, occasionally a tanker came up and refueled the fighters in mid air, then landed. Then later two more fighters would launch, and relieve the original two fighters who would then go and land. That was just the story at the DTW TRACON, and it would seem I have access to talk to someone who worked in the upper ranks of ZNY when it happened who watched it unfold in real time. When and if I get his story, I think I’ll share it here, but for now, you get this story out of Detroit.