Sorry, that is wrong.
The intercept of Stewart's plane took over an hour. The time has been reported incorrectly by many sources due to a confusion with the time zones. Check for yourself in the official report from the NTSB here
Last contact was made at 0927:18 EDT. Contact attempted at 0933:38 EDT. The controller continued to try to contact for an addition 4 and a half minutes. Then the first plane that made visual contact with the jet happened at 0952 CDT. 0952 CDT is 1052 EDT. The difference in time from 0938 EDT(4+ minutes after last contact) and 1052 EDT is 1 hour and 14 minutes.
Reference note 7 at the end of the report
The report continues on in Central Daylight time from then on as the flight had crossed time zones. It is also interesting to note that the first plane that made contact was an unarmed jet that was already airborne for a different mission and diverted. A jet dedicated to air defense would have possibly taken longer.
Edited by frenat, 06 July 2007 - 02:41 PM.