Thank you, Alistair, for posting this fine account.
It takes me back to two different times in my life, i.e., my family of origin, parents, younger brother Jim, & I were on a MAT plane. We were flying back from England to the US, having fulfilled our duty tour there, after three years. We left RAF Mildenhall, but due to bad weather, we were taken to Scotland, landing there...not sure of name of airport, think it may have been Glasgow. We were offloaded, & ended up waiting there for several hours. Remember eating a meal, which didn't match the time...we were there in the black of night. Then, back on the plane...which was a prop type...as this was approx. 50 years ago. Then we flew into the Portuguese Azores, to an AF base there, coming down through a storm. Then we flew on, and eventually landed at Gander, Newfoundland for topping off the gas tanks. There were extremely high piles of snow there, & don't think we got off the plane. Then we flew on to McGuire AFB, New Jersey, where we finally deplaned. Glad to be home after 22-24 hours on the way.
Secondly, on 9/11, I was with a client of mine, a senior citizen, to clean her apartment, & give her a shower, etc. But, we instead sat there crying, while watching the buildings come down & the grey billowing smoke, & the gray ashes raining down. I've told some of this already on here, but the above posting does take me back....Thanks for putting it up, Alastair. Joan