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    911 History that didn't happen

    I just told my mom that when I hear about Flight 93, it makes me want to cry. The other flights don't have as much as an emotional impact on me. I think it's because the people on Flight 93 knew they were going to die, and knew what the hijackers were going to do. They were basically doomed to die, but they ultimately died while preventing more tragedy. Just ordinary people one second, and national heroes the next.

    After saying that to my mom, I found this news article.



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

    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.

    Because the surprise attacks were unfolding, in that innocent age, faster than they could arm war planes, Penney and her commanding officer went up to fly their jets straight into a Boeing 757.

    “We wouldn’t be shooting it down. We’d be ramming the aircraft,” Penney recalls of her charge that day. “I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot.”

    For years, Penney, one of the first generation of female combat pilots in the country, gave no interviews about her experiences on Sept. 11 (which included, eventually, escorting Air Force One back into Washington’s suddenly highly restricted airspace).

    But 10 years later, she is reflecting on one of the lesser-told tales of that endlessly examined morning: how the first counterpunch the U.S. military prepared to throw at the attackers was effectively a suicide mission.
    “We had to protect the airspace any way we could,” she said last week in her office at Lockheed Martin, where she is a director in the F-35 program.

    Penney, now a major but still a petite blonde with a Colgate grin, is no longer a combat flier. She flew two tours in Iraq and she serves as a part-time National Guard pilot, mostly hauling VIPs around in a military Gulfstream. She takes the stick of her own vintage 1941 Taylorcraft tail-dragger whenever she can.

    But none of her thousands of hours in the air quite compare with the urgent rush of launching on what was supposed to be a one-way flight to a midair collision.

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



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    Re: 911 History that didn't happen

    Did she ever get her aircraft in the air?

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    Re: 911 History that didn't happen

    Flight 93 breaks my heart. But I HATED the movie they made about it. They twisted it to make them all look like cowards for a long time until they finally decided to act. I don't believe that for one second and whomever made that movie should be ashamed.

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    Re: 911 History that didn't happen

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Did she ever get her aircraft in the air?
    Yes... just read the first few paragraphs. It's obvious she was in flight.

    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.

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