Memphis Liberty Air Traffic Control Team Honored For Heroic Role in 9/11
As a part of the dedication of the new Control Tower at Memphis International, it seemed only fitting to not only recognize the remarkable structure, but to honor the people that make it work. It was on September 11, 2001; just over 10 years ago, that terrorism sent our nation’s aviation into emergency mode. When the unthinkable happened, some 350,000 people were in the sky over US airspace, and Memphis FAA personnel took a leadership role. At the new tower opening, this group of heroes was honored with a proclamation designating them as the Memphis Liberty Air Traffic Control Team, presented by Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Chairman Arnold Perl to Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt. The proclamation will forever be prominently displayed in the terminal connector between concourses B and C across from the Delta Sky Club at Memphis International.
On that day in 2001, between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., approximately 100 planes were landed at Memphis International Airport, almost half of them rerouted from their original destinations. Memphis International Airport became the HUB of rerouted flights and ranked No. 1 in airports to which planes were diverted.
USA Today ran an article on the events of 9/11 in aviation and also created a multi-media presentation highlighting Memphis and the other critical cities. View that presentation at this website: http://www.usatoday.com/graphics/news/gra/gclearskies/flash.htm
Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Chairman Arnold Perl, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt and Larry Cox, President and CEO, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority with the proclamation recognizing the heroic efforts of the Memphis Liberty Air Traffic Control Team.
Representatives from the Control Tower, Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) enroute facility, the Engineers and Technicians that kept the equipment running flawlessly, and other FAA personnel stood to be recognized at a special ceremony during the dedication of the new Memphis Tower.