Then and now. What was known (in July 1996): A Navy P-3 and the Normandy were "The only two assets that the Navy had operating in the vicinity or close to the TWA 800 crash site." -Rear Admiral Edward Kristensen, Nov. 8, 1996.
Navy P-3 crossed TWA 800 flight path (near) Warning Area 106 (B) and crossed Warning Area 105 (A) towards Special area.(C) Warning Area 50 -Guided missile cruiser USS Normandy in Chesapeake Bay.

What is known now (July 17, 1998)
TWA takeoff was Wednesday, July 17th, 8:19 p.m. Whatever caused it to crash is believed to have occurred at about 8:31 p.m.

AB.) Warning Areas 105 (A) and 106 (B) (Narragansett Bay Operating Area:- Flight 800 skirted W-106 and fell about 15 miles west of W-105)


o Round-the-clock sub exercises, Submarine Group 2, ocean surface to bottom.
o Firing exercises hazardous to surface vessels, 5:25 a.m. to 7:10 p.m.
o Electronic warfare operations, up to 50,000 feet, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
o Air National Guard fighter exercises, up to 50,000 feet, 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m.
o Anti-sub patrol plane dropping sono-buoys, up to 5,000 feet, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

C.)
Specially requested exercise area south of W-105 and 106 for space normally open to all ships and aircraft * Anti-sub patrol plane dropping sono-buoys, up to 10,000 feet, 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

D.)
Warning Area 107 (Atlantic City Operating Area)
o Air National Guard fighter exercises , 6,000 to 50,000 feet, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

E.)
Warning Area 108 (Patuxent City Operating Area)
o Round-the-clock sub exercises , Submarine Squadron 6, ocean surface to bottom.
o Navy Air Warfare Center air exercises , 4,000 to 50,000 feet, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
o Air National Guard air exercises, 11,000 to 50,000 feet, 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
o NASA air operations, surface to 25,000 feet, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
o Northeast Air Defense Sector air exercises , up to 50,000 feet, 10 to 11 a.m. and 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.
o NASA and Naval Surface Warfare Center air exercises, up to 3,000 feet, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

FGHI.)
Warning Areas 386 (F), 387 (G), 72 (H), and 50 (I) (Virginia Capes Operating Area)
o Aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt air exercises , surface to 50,000 feet.
o Round-the-clock sub exercises , Submarine Squadron 6, surface to bottom.
o Destroyer USS Ramage anti-submarine exercises , surface to bottom, 12:01 to 4 a.m.
o Cruiser USS Vella Gulf anti-sub exercises, surface to bottom, 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m.
o Cruiser USS Nicholas anti-sub exercises , surface to bottom, 12:01 to 8 a.m.
o Flight test exercises, up to 50,000 feet, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
o Destroyer USS Ramage gunnery exercises, up to 5,000 feet, 7 to 9 a.m. o Navy tactical air combat training, 5,000 to 50,000 feet, 7 a.m.to 7 p.m.
o Navy Air Warfare Center, air exercises , 4,000 to 50,000 feet, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
o Helicopter airborne mine anti-sub exercise, surface to 500 feet, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
o Frigate USS Estocin anti-submarine exercise, surface to bottom, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
o 1st Fighter Wing air exercises, up to 50,000 feet, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
o Fleet Combat Training Center air control, 20,000 to 50,000 feet, 9 to 11 a.m.
o Civilian contractor ferrying Lear jet, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
o NASA atmospheric aerosol measurement, surface to 25,000 feet, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
o NASA and Naval Surface Warfare Center air exercise , up to 3,000 feet, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
o Anti-sub patrol plane dropping sono-buoys, up to 5,000 feet, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
o Fighter air exercises , surface to 50,000 feet, 1 to 5 p.m.
o NASA, drone flight, surface to unlimited altitude, 1 to 7 p.m.
o Frigate USS Estocin tracking exercise with Lear jet, up to 50,000 feet, 1 to 3 p.m.
o Destroyer USS Ramage air exercise , surface to 20,000 feet, 2 to 4 p.m.
o Airborne Early Warning Squadron air intercept control, 20,000 to 50,000 feet, 6 to 8 p.m.
o Landing dock ship USS Oak Hill anti-torpedo exercise , surface to bottom, 8 to 10 p.m.
o 1st Fighter Wing air exercises , 20,000 to 30,000 feet, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
o Cruiser USS Normandy somewhere in operating areas 386 or 387.

Source: U.S. Navy, Federal Aviation Administration


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