The Northrop Grumman Global Hawk is a robotized American military jet that has a wingspan of a Boeing 737. The excerpts below were taken from an article entitled: "Robot plane flies Pacific unmanned," which appeared in the April 24, 2001 edition of Britain's International Television News:
"The aircraft essentially flies itself, right from takeoff, right through to landing, and even taxiing off the runway," according to the Australian Global Hawk manager Rod Smith.
A robot plane has made aviation history by becoming the first unmanned aircraft to fly across the Pacific Ocean.
The American high-altitude Global Hawk spy plane made flew (sic) across the ocean to Australia, defence officials confirmed.
The Global Hawk, a jet-powered aircraft with a wingspan equivalent to a Boeing 737 [NOTE: two of the aircraft involved in the 911 crashes were Boeing 757s, two were Boeing 767s] flew from Edwards Air Force Base in California and landed late on Monday at the Royal Australian Air Force base at Edinburgh, in South Australia state. . . .
It flies along a pre-programmed flight path, but a pilot monitors the aircraft during its flight via a sensor suite which provides infra-red and visual images. (http://www.itn.co.uk/news/20010424/world/05robotplane.shtm) Then, on September 20, 2001, The Economist published comments from a former boss of British Airways, Robert Ayling: "On autopilot into the future "Robert Ayling, a former boss of British Airways, suggested in The Financial Times this week that aircraft could be commandeered from the ground and controlled remotely in the event of a hijack ...
Yeah, and in my youth I met a man who was convinced that the government was run by vampires from this place called Vampire Island, and he had reams of legal documents he would photocopy from the County Clerks office to prove his point.
All I'm seeing here is that Vampire Believers are all over the United States, and they occasionally choose different topics to freak on.
Global Hawk is a nice military project. Doesn't have a damn thing to do with occupied commercial aircraft, mind you, but a nice military project nonetheless.