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The F-16 Kamikaze Mission That Almost Happened on 9/11

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I published this post on September 11 last year — and probably will each year, simply because it’s such an amazing story.

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.

That meant the only weapons that could bring down Flight 93 were the F-16s themselves crashing into the 757-222 aircraft.

“I’m going to go for the cockpit,” Sasseville said.

She replied without hesitating.

“I’ll take the tail.”

That’s intense. And incredibly brave and heroic.

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.

United 93 crashed before the pilots reached their target.

Read more about this story and check out the video interview.

Featured image: ©iStock.com/DigtialStorm H/T: FlightAware

 

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1 Comment

  1. RENE! I never knew of this fascinating story until seeing it here today on your blog! Thanks for sharing!

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