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The Flight Number,
Tail Number, Or Gate number, etc. of
one of the Airliners Hijacked by Terrorists Tells a Story of Destruction
when Changed Into a Particular Microsoft Font-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor: An email says that the
flight number of one of the airliners hijacked by terrorists on
September 11 is "Q33NY." If you highlight that flight
number in Microsoft Word and change the font to one called
"Wingdings," you'll see a graphical representation of the
hijacking including an airliner, the twin towers, death, and the Star
The Truth: This is a hoax, but judging from the emails
we're getting, people want something about it to be true.
It is built upon the previously known fact that "NYC" has
corresponding symbols in Wingdings that seem to have destructive
"Q33NY" is not associated in any way with any of the
hijacked airliners. It is not one of the flight numbers.
It is not the tail (registration) number of any of the airplanes (we have
the actual tail numbers below), and
was not a designation on radar that day, and is not the identity of
the subway tunnel leading to the airport or the World Trade
Center. It's not one of the
gate numbers. With few exceptions,
all civilian aircraft in the U.S. have a tail number that begins with
"N." TruthOrFiction.com has searched the FAA database
that includes all airliners and found no airplane with Q33NY or any
that begin with "Q" at all.
There's been a bit of mischief with this eRumor along the way.
The original version is the one we have below. It clearly stated
it was referring to the "flight number." It was easily
demonstrated, however, that was not a flight number of any of the
hijacked jets. Other versions started circulating that said it
was the "tail number" or the "registration
number." More recently, some versions are making the rounds
that claim it was the gate number.
Here is the information about each flight:
...American Airlines flight #11.
Took off from Boston destined for Los
Struck the World Trade Center.
The tail # was N334AA.
...United Airlines flight #175.
Took off from Boston destined for Los Angeles.
Struck the World Trade Center.
The tail # was N612UA.
...American Airlines flight #77.
Took off from Dulles near Washington D.C.
destined for Los Angeles.
Struck the Pentagon.
The aircraft tail # was N644AA.
...United Airlines flight #93.
Took off from Newark destined for San Francisco.
in Pennsylvania was flight #93.
The tail # was N591UA.
The "Wingdings" font in Microsoft Word is one that is a
collection of symbols rather than letters. It is true that if
you use "Q33NY" in Windings, you'll get the sequence of
symbols suggested but it's irrelevant.
A real example of the story as it has
Here is something really strange:
Did you know that a flight number from one of the planes
that hit one of the
two towers was Q33NY
copy that flight number into MS Word
Enlarge the font size to 26
Change the font to Wingdings
HERE IS WHAT YOU GET:
2 For 1
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