The Unthinkable 9/11 Suicide Mission to Bring Down Flight 93 | Heather Penney

Published 2022-04-12
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The daughter of an Air Force Colonel, Heather "Lucky" Penney had dreams about becoming a fighter pilot just like her father. When congress opened up combat aviation to women, Penney did not hesitate to sign up. After her training, she was assigned to the 121st fighter squadron of the District of Columbia Air National Guard.

As the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 began to unfold, Penney and her commanding officer, Colonel Marc Sasseville, locked eyes and knew they needed to get airborne as quickly as possible. The pair climbed into their unarmed F-16 fighter jets and took to the skies.

Word had come down that a Boeing 757 had descended and turned-around near Cleveland and was now heading back towards the Capitol.

Unarmed and with 'Shoot-to-kill' orders the pair made the decision they would ram their fighter jets into Flight 93 to prevent it from reaching its target.

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