Meet Maj. Heather Penney: The Woman Asked to Take Out Flight 93 on 9/11

F-16 pilot Heather Penney explains the actions she and her fellow NG pilots took in the initial response to the 911 attacks. She and her flight leader Col. Sasseville had to take off without AIM Missiles on board because there was not time to have them brought over from the arms depot some distance away. Shortly thereafter two other pilots from the squadron did take off fully armed with the air to air Sidewinder missiles. If they encountered Flight 93 she and Sasseville intended to crash their planes into the jetliner to bring it down. As she puts it, essentially a Kamikaze mission. The complete interview (60 minutes) is available at Video Below:

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