Al Marsh

First to respond to the call on 9/11

June 29, 2013 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

first responder smallerThis F-15 was the first fighter to answer the call as two airliners under the control of terrorists headed towards the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. It was discovered by the Pacific Coast Air Museum located in Santa Rosa, Calif., just before it was to be destroyed. Museum board member Craig Schulz aided in purchasing the aircraft and getting it to Santa Rosa’s Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County¬†Airport where visitors can view it. Museum officials said the pilot was cleared to use guns to bring the airliners down but couldn’t get to them in time. This was taken on Monday June 24, 2013.

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  2. Robert Beal Says:

    It was deployed at 8:52 AM arrived over NYC at 9:25 AM an aircraft which can cruise at low altitudes at a speed of 1400 mph and track his enemy target at 100 miles, but nobody will explain why it took 33 minutes to travel 165 miles to NYC.

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