Sunday, September 11, 2016

This U.S. Air Force F-16 Pilot Was Prepared To Give Her Life On 9/11 By Using Her Plane To Destroy Flight 93

Tough task: Heather Penney's mission on the morning of September 11 was to find United Flight 93 - and destroy it however she could

Washington Post: F-16 pilot was ready to give her life on Sept. 11

WASHINGTON — Late in the morning of the Tuesday that changed everything, Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney was on a runway at Andrews Air Force Base and ready to fly. She had her hand on the throttle of an F-16 and she had her orders: Bring down United Airlines Flight 93. The day’s fourth hijacked airliner seemed to be hurtling toward Washington. Penney, one of the first two combat pilots in the air that morning, was told to stop it.

The one thing she didn’t have as she roared into the crystalline sky was live ammunition. Or missiles. Or anything at all to throw at a hostile aircraft.

Except her own plane. So that was the plan.

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WNU Editor: I have been posting such stories on 9/11 since the beginning of this blog .... they never grow old.


Matthew Dupuis said...

Today we should be honoring the memory and action of the Militia aboard Flight 93.
The hijacking by Terrorists on September 11, 2001, of flight 93 was thwarted not by M1 tanks, F-15’s, or rifle companies supporting SEALS in a distant land. It was thwarted by untrained Patriots who acted selflessly in the defense of people they would never meet, an act on par with the Militia at Concord and Lexington.
In my opinion, an act just as heroic as the one's committed by police and firefighters on that same day.

B.Poster said...

MD: Well said. I could not have put this better myself.

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