10 Sep '11, 6am

F-16 pilot scrambled on 9/11 was prepared to ram jet into hijacked plane as there was no time to arm F-16 with missiles

F-16 pilot scrambled on 9/11 was prepared to ram jet into hijacked plane as there was no time to arm F-16 with missiles

A US Air Force Viper West demo team F-16 Falcon. During the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago, F-16 pilot Heather Penney said she was prepared to ram her plane into a hijacked aircraft barrelling towards Washington DC. -- PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (AFP) - An F-16 pilot scrambled on 9/11 to prevent another attack on the US capital says she was prepared to ram her plane into a hijacked aircraft - as there was no time to arm her plane with missiles. Amid fears another hijacked airliner was barrelling towards Washington, Major Heather Penney, then a lieutenant in the Washington DC National Guard, was one of two pilots ordered to take off without delay, she said in a recent interview. The threat of an attack on US soil was seen as such a remote possibility at the time that the 121st fighter squadron at Andrews Air Force base outside Washington had no fully-armed fighter jets on standby...

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