Pretty amazing story about a commander and one of his pilots being the only two hot jets available for take off to defend DC against any other threats on 9/11...and United Flight 93 was still in the air and headed their way.
Awesome story and wouldn't expect anything less of our pilots (said with respect and with zero inter-service rivalry that might usually be seen here):
Late in the morning of the Tuesday that changed everything, Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney was on a runway at Andrews Air Force Base and ready to fly. She had her hand on the throttle of an F-16 and she had her orders: Bring down United Airlines Flight 93. The day’s fourth hijacked airliner seemed to be hurtling toward Washington. Penney, one of the first two combat pilots in the air that morning, was told to stop it.
The one thing she didn’t have as she roared into the crystalline sky was live ammunition. Or missiles. Or anything at all to throw at a hostile aircraft...
Her only weapon was her fighter jet so she planned to crash into the tail of the hostile flight...read the whole thing here.