Fighter Pilot Recalls 9/11 Mission to Ram Flight 93, and Why It Gives Her Hope

Cindy Drukier
By Cindy Drukier
September 10, 2022The Nation Speaks

The mission is hard to believe, but it was impossible to refuse.

On 9/11, two fighter pilots took off from Andrews Air Force Base on a mission to locate and stop a fourth hijacked passenger jet, which appeared to be heading for the Capitol.

Heather “Lucky” Penney, a rookie flier, says their goal was clear. “We knew that if … we were mission successful, that we would be ramming our jets into the airliner, that we would not be coming home.” That plane was Flight 93, which ultimately crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Penney shares how the day went down and why the plight of Flight 93 to this day fills her with hope.

Then, in America Q&A, we ask people across the country for their reaction to this remarkable story of heroism.

ntd newsletter icon
Sign up for NTD Daily
What you need to know, summarized in one email.
Stay informed with accurate news you can trust.
By registering for the newsletter, you agree to the Privacy Policy.