I’ve read this story countless times during the past eight years. And it still makes my heart race and causes adrenaline to pump through me.
This story has been around for a while. Maybe you’ve read or heard about it. I figured today is apropos to share it just in case the story is new to you or you want to read it again.
On September 11, 2001, United States Air National Guard pilots Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney and Col. Marc Sasseville scrambled to intercept United Airlines Flight 93. Because their aircraft were outfitted for training missions, the planes carried no live ammo.
Their only weapons that could bring down Flight 93 were the F-16s themselves.
“I’m going to go for the cockpit,” Sasseville said.
She replied without hesitating.
“I’ll take the tail.”
And if they were lucky, they may have had time to eject out of their planes and parachute to safety — but they didn’t plan on it. (Of course, United 93 was brought down before the pilots could reach their target.)
What a brave, terrifying, and heroic mission.