September 10, 2011
This photo provided by the National Championship Air Races shows Heather Penney in front of the race jet "Ragu Grace", in Reno, Nev. On Sept. 11, 2001, fighter pilot Penney and her commanding officer were ordered to stop United Airlines Flight 93 from hitting a target in the nation's capital. After learning the flight already had crashed, they defended Washington's airspace.
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Fighter pilot Heather “Lucky” Penney didn’t have time to be scared. There was a hijacked commercial airliner headed to Washington, D.C., and she was ordered to stop it.