Unarmed F-16s Aimed to Ram Flight 93 on 9/11

The WP has a story from 9/11 I hadn’t heard. Worth a daily double post.

“I’m going to go for the cockpit,” [Col. Marc] Sasseville said.

[Lt. Heather Penney] replied without hesitating.

“I’ll take the tail.”

It was a plan. And a pact.

It would have been very tricky to eject and still assure impact with the target. The pilots thought about this.

It turned out, as the article notes, that the passengers of Flight 93 were also willing to die to thwart the attack.