I publish this post each year on September 11 — 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 at their disposal were the F-16s — 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.
The pilots thought they may have time to eject from their planes and parachute to safety. But they knew their chances of surviving were slim. If that.
Of course, United 93 crashed before the F-16 pilots reached their target.
Read more about this story and check out the video interview. (And did anyone else get chills that Lt. Penney’s call sign was “Lucky”?)
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RENE! I never knew of this fascinating story until seeing it here today on your blog! Thanks for sharing!