The F-16 pilot asked to intercept Flight 93 on Sept. 11 had no missiles on board. Hers was a kamikaze mission

The Washington Post, reporting about the earliest minutes of the Sept 11 attacks:

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. That was the plan.

Her planned kamikaze mission was ultimately unnecessary, because the passengers on board Flight 93 took matters into their own hands and crashed their own aircraft in Pennsylvania before it reached Washington.

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About Guy N. Texas

Guy N. Texas is the pen name of a lawyer living in Dallas, who is now a liberal. He was once conservative, but this word has so morphed in meaning that he can no longer call himself that in good conscience. Guy has no political aspirations. He speaks only for himself.
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