Saturday, September 10, 2011

Finally revealed 10 yrs later - 9/11 fighter jocks Kamikazie mission

The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on this nation is today.

Even a decade later, there are acts of heroism, guts and courage that the American people are still just finding out about.

And personally speaking, acts that bring a lump to my throat and cause me to at least try and keep from tearing up.

One of those cases is the story of Colonel Marc Sasseville and Lieutenant Heather “Lucky” Penney of the 121st Fighter Squadron of the Washington, D.C. Air National Guard.

Here are but a few snippets of an article from the Washington Post, and believe me, a few snippets is all it takes to get the gist of the story. The day's fourth hijacked airliner seemed to be hurtling toward Washington, D.C. 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 sky was live ammunition. Or missiles. Or anything 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 their warplanes could be armed, 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 that day. "I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot."



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