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  • Associated Retired Aviation Professionals
    letters to James Hall Chairman of the NTSB between April 1997 and December 2000 During those four years CDR Donaldson worked with other Retired Aviation Professionals including some previous crash investigators as well as persons inside the NTSB investigation itself CDR Donaldson has extensive experience as a Naval crash investigator and he and others concluded that the NTSB s explanation of the Center Wing Tank explosion was not credible With the help of these other concerned aviation professionals CDR Donaldson produced an extensive report on the cause of the crash The initial Interim Report was delivered to the House Aviation Subcommittee on July 16th 1998 Since that time a great deal of new information has surfaced Information uncovered in early 1999 now shows that TWA Flight 800 could have been shot down by one or more shoulder fired missiles The FBI was briefed by military missile experts in the Fall of 1996 that Flight 800 was well within the range of a shoulder fired missile The FBI conducted a covert dredging operation for stinger missile parts between November 1996 and April 1997 CDR Donaldson brought this new evidence to the House Aviation Subcommittee in testimony on May 6 1999 Unfortunately the major media and the Congress are content to swallow the official line without question This website is dedicated to CDR Donaldson s outstanding leadership in searching for the truth Evidence of a Missile Unauthorized History Google Earth Project Eyewitnesses Debris Field Plot Radar Data Composite RadarPlot USCG Cutter ADAK Explosive Residue Missile Search Shoulder Fired Missiles Missile Reports Flight Data Recorder Fuel Flammability Warning Areas Terrorist Warnings Trajectory Study Ray Lahr s Lawsuit Flight 800 Database Reports Letters Past Articles Flight 800 News AA 587 News WorldNetDaily Other Information Videos Archives On the Air Interviews Books on Flight 800

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  • The Flight 800 Investigation
    inputs which were never adequately recognized I felt And Bob s selfless efforts The wedge attempted to be driven between the two missile camps was from outsiders and narrowminders Bill and Sanders knew that Whatever the missile cause terrorist or navy contractor goof or even other the concern is the same The fed crime is the same and must be addressed as best we all can safely Courage and honesty are extremely rare in fed service Due to the corrupt fed culture few feel they can afford these rare qualities There is no accountability by the citizens We all suffer as a result Bill knew that I feel There may be a magic spark after all in this and it may be Bill His courage and honesty may enflame others of us to have more courage and honesty to make our government more accountable and less corrupt Possibly even someone in government I don t know of a current elected official on this issue I still hope to drop by for a mess of apples and talk about the past five years and keep Bill s project alive Warmest Regards Stan Clark a retired navy civilian So long great Warrior September 2 2001 With the passing of Commander Donaldson the mystery of TWA800 is over He who fought for the truth the hardest now knows what the rest of us must wait to learn Until then we must continue in his honor the fight for the truth so that all of us will be able to rest easier knowing that the cause of the 800 disaster was not a scenario of unexplainable events that led to the explosion of a center fuel tank Rather a finger that pulled a trigger that fired a missle that caused the tank to explode Commander Donaldson you represented your family and America well more than once and with the highest amount of respect I never knew you but I know that there are people like you and you like them There are many and there are few You were both We shall never forget and we will never give up In your memory we shall prevail in our fight and you will be our beacon of hope Rest in peace John Rozatti SSgt USAF 1976 1981 With regrets August 23 2001 My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Commander William Donaldson USN Ret And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by Rest in Peace Michael Delaney August 24 2001 4 54 AM A great man who will be very sadly missed by one who never even met him Goodbye Commander and thank you May the family of Commander William Donaldson USN Ret take comfort in knowing He has slipped the surly bonds of earth Flying truly unlimited to finally Touch the face of God Rest in Peace Bill MICHAEL POTTER TO A GREAT AIRMAN GONE WEST August 24 2001 3 33 AM Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there I do not sleep I am a thousand winds that blow I am the diamond glints on snow I am the sunlight on ripened grain I am the gentle autumn rain When you awaken in the morning s hush I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circling flight I am the soft star that shines at night Do not stand at my grave and cry I am not there I did not die Anonymous Quotation Invisible People August 24 2001 To the friends and family of CDR Donaldson CDR Donaldson has made an impact on the aviation world through his undaunted persuit of the truth regarding the fate of TWA800 I have sat largely silently by probably much like many other people who are largely invisible absorbing the information presented on this website As a professional pilot and aircraft mechanic myself I have NEVER believed the government s account of the TWA800 disaster I am committed to furthering this investigation as I am able based on the great inspiration of CDR Donaldson May you have peace and the knowledge that CDR Donaldson will be missed even by those of us that never met him but have been positively impacted by his work nonetheless GR To the family of CDR William S Donaldson III Please accept my sympathy and deepest condolences upon the passing of CDR Donaldson He will be missed by all who seek the truth Sincerely Richard S Rynar Dear Bob Please accept my truly heartfelt condolences I ve had Bill in my prayers since I first wrote you and we found out about his condition My only consolation is that God figured Bill had toiled enough here on earth and thought he deserved early rewards Bill was a truly great man Bob thank you so much for the work you ve put into this I commend you on your decision to keep this fight alive and I think it be the highest tribute we could pay to Bill to eventually win this battle especially in the light of the battle we have already lost If there is anything and I stress that ANYTHING I can do to personally help in any way I can please please do not hesitate to ask I would consider it an honor to help and to contribute in any way that you could use me Your brother will be sorely missed and I pray that your heart be eased and healed You are far from alone thousands of us sympathize and we all feel the loss God Bless you and yours Please extend our aloha to all of yours and Bill s family Sincerely Ronald W Stanford Sr What heart breaking news I am terribly terribly sorry Thank you for letting me know I am so sorry Bob My condolences to the brave brother of a very courageous man Hope you continue to keep his work and the board alive and that it brings you consolation to do it Sincerely J1L8C27 aol com Bob Please accept my condolences on the loss of your brother I want you and other members of his family to know that he meant much to many of us who never actually met him face to face Bill served his country well Thanks to him and to you for the support you provided Bless his memory Peter Viemeister Dear Bob You and all of Bill s family have our heartfelt condolences on the occasion of his passing Bill and I had our differences but it never kept us from working together and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him I truly loved him for his persistence I would have contacted you earlier except on the l8th I had another heart attack and spent the next eight days in the hospital One of my by passes had plugged up and the Cardiac Magicians had to drill it out and install two stents The procedure went well and I have not felt this up for several years Once again kindly express our condolences and thank the Lord Bill did not suffer any longer Best regards Howard Mann Dear MR BOb I dont know really what to say or what to write I know that words don t change anything This is Life I dont know if MR William told you anything about me or not but I lost my dad on EgyptAir flight 990 and Mr William it happened and he was trying to help me really to get to the truth of this crash What can I say He was really a very kind person alhough I did not meet him but I felt as if I know him long time ago or somehow relative to me He was so close to my heart I felt that he tells me he feels how I was suffering and he was trying to help me in any way He is a brave man Really I did not find somebody so sensitive like him God Bless him Really and let him settle in peace after fighting all those years on Earth MY Heart Goes to you and your family and I was going to the states next december and I was planning to go and meet him but This is Life We dont know Whose Turn it is We have an Egyption exaple it says they are the first but not the last and we will also follow them sooner or later So GOD Bless him and bless every brave man who was faithful to his country Regards MaiRaouf Dear Donaldson Family Please accept my most sincere condolences regarding the passing of Commander Donaldson Bob and Family I m truly sorry to the receive your sad news We all know that Bill and I didn t see eye to eye on all subjects but just know I will have fondist memories of our chats in Lot 7 or was that Lot 2 I guess the irony of our situations is that we both have experienced the passing of loved ones and it is real tough to handle I just feel fortunate that I will be able to replace my loss with another life By the way Winston is the name of my new dog who will re arrive in about 10 days I say re arrive because I went to pick him up on Thursday and one of his litter mates had poked him in the eye and he needed surgery to fix it deau j vu all over again I m really looking forward to Winston and hope he will help fill the void left by Bucy s loss I hope you will be able to find something to help fill the void Bill s passing will have in your heart and soul Cavy DEAR BOB AND FAMILY MY WIFE JOAN AND I WISH TO SEND YOU OUR DEEPEST REGRETS FOR THE LOSS OF BILL I HAVE FELT HONORED TO HAVE MET HIM LAST YEAR AT THE PRESS CLUB HE HAS DEMONSTRATED HOW TO BE A HERO AMONGST MEN AT PEACE AND WAR HE HAS BEEN IN OUR PRAYERS AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE ALONG WITH YOU FOLKS THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK IN KEEPING HIS FAN CLUB INFORMED GOD BLESS MIKE WIRE Bob I am greatly saddened by the news of Bill s death and send to you and Bill s family my prayers and thanks for his courageous life Although I never had the honor of meeting Bill in person I continue now in his death to know him as a friend and colleague Sincerely Michael Very very sad 56 is young His resume is very distinguished A huge loss to his family FIRO ARAP and the American public as well Sincerely Mark L Berry Bob We are saddened to hear of Commander Donaldson s passing We are rededicated to his unwavering pursuit of the truth in this matter His courageous devotion is an inspiration to many including myself Phil What a fine human being and what a tragic loss He will be deeply missed even by those of us he didn t know personally but who admired him deeply for his extraordinary integrity intelligence and courage My condolences to the family Debbie Keil Holtsclaw Dear Bob Please accept my condolences on the sad news of Bill s passing Bill and I worked together on several TWA Flight 800 news stories here at News 12 Long Island I always found Bill to be a courageous teddy bear who loved his family loved the US Navy and his country His actions in the past few years proved he was a true patriot Sadly we may never know what happened to TWA Flight 800 but thanks to Bill s efforts it wasn t swept completely under the rug Please express our sympathies here at News 12 to Bill s wife and entire family He will not be forgotten Drew Scott Bob My deepest condolences to you and your entire family I have been praying for Bill that if God was going to take him he would have a peaceful passing I hope that was the case Regards Marilyn Thank you Bob My mother Nancy Koke told me of Bill s passing yesterday Bill was a great man and he will be missed Please let Mrs Donaldson as I know her and Teresa that we are thinking of them They are like family to us Sincerely Jeffrey S Koke This is a wonderful tribute to Bill Bob I am surely thinking of all of you I can see Bill so clearly standing next to the car chatting about so many interesting things I will keep that with me always Ginny To the family of CDR William S Donaldson III Please accept my sympathy and deepest condolences upon the passing of CDR Donaldson He will be missed by all who seek the truth Sincerely Richard S Rynar Bob I am truely sorry for your loss I didn t know him personnally however I have kept in touch with his crusade on TWA 800 and continue to believe and voice my opinion that it was shot down based on all the evidence that CDR Donaldson has discovered organized and published to the American people Even though I know the followers and the remaining members of ARAP will continue to carry on his work he will be greatly missed by all My prayers and thoughts will continue for you and your family God Bless Brent Joray I was most fortunate to hear Cmdr Donaldson on the Art Bell Show This is just ONE of many cover ups our government has conducted PLEASE DON T LET TWA 800 JUST DIE ON THE VINE We were sad to hear Bill lost the fight and at such an early age was there anything unusual Thanks for the message Someday we may understand the why of Cancer Our best to the flt800 team we will be monitoring progress Who will lead the show now I am so sorry I know we all have our appointed time but I considered Bill a courageous man that we needed for many more years Is there an address so I can send a card to his wife Is she the one to whom I should send condolences I know you ll be inundated but I would like to know Thanks for putting me on the list David Hendrix I am so so sorry My God what you all must be suffering He was a true hero and always will be God Bless you and the family Kay Pennington Bob A great loss for Bill s immediate family and for his extended family I for one take renewed dedication to the cause for which he sacrificed so much Ray Lahr I want to offer my deepest sympathy and prayers to you and the family A truly tragic loss Joe Flynn Sorry to learn of this He was a good seeker of truth and I admired him greatly semper fi It happens all too often to people who try to effect change and it happens all to many times to people that can achieve these changes I feel he would be proud to realize how many of us out here he has touched with his efforts to reveal the truth He would be proud to know he has led others with the same intent but don t yet know how to achieve results I hope this gives the rest of us that feel the way he did the power to pick up the ball and continue to run with it My deepest sympathy for passing of Commander Bill Donaldson He carried the flag his whole life but he now has peace Don t worry for him when he got to heaven the angels saw those golden wings and said open the gates for a Naval Aviator and don t worry about the flying lessons he s an expert Bill Taylor Please accept my condolences on the loss of Cmdr Donaldson I have been following his work and research on TWA 800 for several years and believe he has made an enormous contribution to the real events surrounding the tragedy I never had the honor of meeting the Commander but I held very high respect for him and I m absolutely sure he was a gentlemen of the highest integrity He will surely be missed by us all Hutch Your brother s name came up several times at the recent Vegas reunion as people thumbed through yearbooks I know his buddies from Nouasseur will be deeply saddened I ll try to get all of the impressive obituary in the September Nouasseur newsletter With sympathy Sharon Ray Renno 58 Nouasseur Alumni Association Dear Bob thanks for the note please give my condolences to the relatives We did have a bond as those that fly off of Navy Attack carriers into aerial combat He was passionate about his interests The upcoming Air India Flight 182 trial about another 747 that died in a similar mysterious fashion to Trans World Airlines Flight 800 should be interesting It starts in February 2002 in Vancouver Canada Sincerely John Barry Smith I m so sorry about Bill This is a tough time for all of you and you are in my thoughts and prayers along with Joyce I can not make it to the funeral but am going to try to make it to the funeral home on Sunday Can you give me directions Thanks and my deepest condolences Love Sally I m truly sorry to hear of Bill s Passing As a fellow Vietnam Veteran I extend my deepest condolences for your family s loss Bill was a patriotic American and a fighter for what he believed in He did more to shake up the status quo of the TWA 800 investigation than anyone

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  • The Flight 800 Investigation
    For a friend and a comrade whose memory is dear A place where no doctor or lawyer can tread Nor a management type would ere be caught dead Just a quaint little place kind of dark full of smoke Where they like to sing loud and love a good joke The kind of a place where a lady could go And feel safe and protected by the men she would know There must be a place where old pilots go When their paining is finished and their airspeed gets low Where the whiskey is old and the women are young And songs about flying and dying are sung Where you d see all the fellows who d flown west before And they d call out your name as you came through the door Who would buy you a drink if your thirst should be bad And relate to the others He was quite a good lad And then through the mist you d spot an old guy You had not seen in years though he taught you to fly He d nod his old head and grin ear to ear And say Welcome my son I m pleased that you re here For this is the place where true flyers come When their journey is over and the war has been won They ve come here at last to be safe and alone From the government clerks and the management clone Politicians and lawyers the Feds and the noise Where all hours are happy and these good ole boys Can relax with a cool one and a well deserved rest This is heaven my son You ve passed your last test At the conclusion of the service in the church the honor guard led the family and friends to the

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    the aircraft carrier Intrepid In later years he was the Air Traffic Control Officer on the carrier Forrestal and flew an A 6 Intruder off the carrier Eisenhower In the mid 1980 s he was assigned to NATO in Naples Italy as a Nuclear Weapons Targeting Officer Over his career he held assignments as Safety Officer and had extensive training in aircraft crash investigation and investigated numerous crashes including one that was accidentally shot down by a missile Bill was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal the Air Medal 7th Award Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V and numerous other medals and awards Bill retired from the Navy in 1991 and moved back to his family home on St Clements Bay where he took up farming and was appointed to the St Mary s County Planning and Zoning Commission In 1997 after reading an editorial by the Chairman of the NTSB about the tragic crash of TWA Flight 800 Bill had a letter to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal that began a 4 year effort to bring to light the true cause of the crash Over that time he was interviewed on several hundred radio programs and appeared on several national TV broadcasts as an expert aircraft crash investigator and vocal critic of the NTSB and FBI investigation He founded the Associated Retired Aviation Professionals ARAP and started a website twa800 com to document the many discrepancies in the official version of the crash and to the end remained committed to proving that the aircraft was shot down He was not alone in this crusade as there are hundreds of other aviation professionals who will carry on the fight Bill is survived by his wife Joyce one son Michael of Houston TX a daughter Teresa of Avenue

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  • The Flight 800 Investigation
    Discharge from Nursing Center 4 5 01 Bill Celebrates Easter with Friends and Family 4 16 01 Chemo Therapy Starts 5 23 01 Hospital setbacks 6 22 01 Veterans Home Admission 7 30 01 CDR Donaldson Passed Away 8 22 01 CDR Donaldson Laid to Rest 8 27 01 Evidence of a Missile Unauthorized History Google Earth Project Eyewitnesses Radar Data Explosive Residue Missile Search Shoulder Fired Missiles Missile Reports

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    The largest of the tumors was located in an area which was accessible but close to the brain stem The other much smaller tumor is in an area of the brain that is not operable On Friday morning January 26th the neuro surgeons at Walter Reed performed a 6 hour operation and removed as much as they could of the larger tumor The part touching the brain stem could not be removed Bill spent Saturday and Sunday in the Intensive Care Unit and was transferred on Monday to the general Neurosurgery ward where is recuperating He is alert and cracking jokes about the permanent part in his thinning hair His progress over the last two days has been excellent He has regained some of the use of his left arm and left leg and began walking today If he continues to improve he may be transferred to a rehabilitation center nearer to his home in Southern Maryland early next week or possibly as early as the end of this week His long term prognosis is still uncertain The doctors will not speculate until they see the results of the biopsy but their initial reaction was not very encouraging They plan both radiation and chemotherapy but we don t know when that will start or how effective it will be In the meantime he is surrounded by his family and friends but could use a couple of extra prayers Some of you have been asking about his surgery thinking it was the long planned back operation I was reluctant to say anything until he could advise me how he wanted to handle this For that I apologize This morning I asked him what he wanted me to tell people and his reaction was typical Just tell them the truth Its a

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  • The Flight 800 Investigation
    Carrier Battle Groups Air Traffic Control Center an air crash investigator and the author of the Interim Report to Congress on TWA Flight 800 Captain Al Mundo TWA Ret Captain Mundo is a retired TWA Pilot Captain Howard Mann TWA Ret Captain Mann is a former TWA Pilot an air crash investigator participating in four air crash investigations during his career and the most senior retired commercial pilot in the group Major Fred Meyer NYANG Ret Major Meyer is a decorated Vietnam Pilot and an eyewitness to the downing of TWA Flight 800 Rear Admiral Mark Hill USN Ret Admiral Hill is the former Commanding Officer ofthe USS Independence and an Air Crash Investigator Cmdr Bruce Valley UNS Ret Cmdr Valley is a retired Naval Aviator and currently President of GlobNet Inc Dr Gregory A Harrison P E Dr Harrison is a professional Fire Safety Enginneer with a Phd in Safety Engineering He has extensive experience in fire investigations flammable liquids and explosions Dr Harrison is court qualified to testify on forensics in Md VA DC NJ PA LA TX and FLA Evidence of a Missile Unauthorized History Google Earth Project Eyewitnesses Radar Data Explosive Residue Missile Search Shoulder Fired

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  • The Flight 800 Investigation
    when they saw a streak of light approaching Flight 800 Just double click on the witness name or number and you will fly to his her view of the crash GE also allows us to draw bearing lines from each eyewitness to specific points to see if they were looking in the right direction The GE information bubble that appears when you double click an object allows us to provide information or a quote from the eyewitness It also allows us to provide links to other graphic or audio and video clips Some of these functions are not yet available but we will be modifying the site constantly so check back later Over the next few weeks or months I will be re interviewing eyewitnesses and creating links in Google earth to view their perspective The first of these witnesses was Mike Wire http www twa800 com eyewitness wire mikewire eyewitness htm World Net Daily did an article on the Wire interview http www worldnetdaily com news article asp ARTICLE ID 49593 Other Eyewitness viewpoints To identify any particular eyewitness simple zoom to a high altitude using the nav controls of GE and then double click on the dot icon

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