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"We knew what needed to be done. And there were no tears"...

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Posted on September 12, 2021 at 07:50:08
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"[I remember] how crystal blue the skies were that day," she told ABC News Live anchor Linsey Davis. "There are so many moments that I remember with such clarity that I can touch, taste, feel hear, smell every detail from that day. But what strikes me the most, because of how omnipresent it was throughout the entire day was the deep, clear blue skies."

She went to arm her aircraft, but there wasn't enough time. She and another pilot, Marc Sasseville, had to get in the air.

"We did not have missiles. We were on a suicide mission. And in order to be able to take any airliner down, Sass would ram his aircraft into the cockpit where the terrorists were, to destroy the flight controls," she explained. "I would take the tail by ramming my jet into the tail of the aircraft, I would aerodynamically unbalance the airplane and tip it over so it would crash straight into the ground by targeting both ends of the aircraft. It was our plan to prevent any additional casualties."

"We knew what needed to be done. And there were no tears..."

If a thing's worth doing, it's worth doing well
(Proverb)

 

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Great story. Thanks. Nt, posted on September 12, 2021 at 07:58:30
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RE: "We knew what needed to be done. And there were no tears"..., posted on September 12, 2021 at 08:04:44
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And, there were the heros who knowingly and intentionally sacrificed themselves on United Airlines flight 93.


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Something troubling about that story?, posted on September 12, 2021 at 09:24:21
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Fanatics? Suicidal lunatics enthralled to an Emperor God? , posted on September 12, 2021 at 10:16:10
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Same behavior, different interpreters.

 

Are you related to Dan Quayle? nt, posted on September 12, 2021 at 10:22:35
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RE: Something troubling about that story?, posted on September 12, 2021 at 11:08:59
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That too. But I'm surprised that the F16s were unarmed, posted on September 12, 2021 at 12:05:19
Jay Buridan
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Is that how the USAF stays ready? Heaven knows we give it huge budgets but when the balloon goes up, it resorts to kamikaze tactics?

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They weren't on alert anymore, posted on September 13, 2021 at 06:32:27
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The GHWB administration, with Cheney as SECDEF, initiated the biggest reduction in military spending since the end of WWII. They created the base realignment and closure process, ended the practice of having nuclear forces on alert all the time, cancelled major weapons programs, and scaled back homeland defenses. The Clinton administration dragged its feet with the base closures, but otherwise continued to reduce defense. At the time of 9/11, the defense budget was 3.1% of GDP, the lowest it's been since before WWII.

Part of the savings came from not having Air National Guard forces on alert 24/7. During the Cold War, you would have had two fully armed and fueled F-15Cs sitting on the apron at Otis ANG base on Cape Cod, APUs going, with their crews in the alert building ready to sprint out to their aircraft at any moment. They used to scramble regularly to intercept Russian bombers, but those bombers stopped coming (for a while) at the end of the Cold war. And we stopped keeping fighters on alert ready to intercept them.

It's kind of a moot point though. The air picture over the CONUS on your average weekday morning is super busy, and coastal air defenses are looking out, not in. The hijackers had turned off their IFF transponders and kind of disappeared into the background noise before we realized what was going on. Even if there had been F-15s flying combat air patrols, they wouldn't have know what was happening until it was too late.

 

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