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You could see that -- -- you and you knew the guys -- putting of course harming your plane He objected to defend.
Event that's that's -- wearing or that's what we're called upon -- -- On the morning of September 11 after the attack on the Pentagon F sixteen fighter pilot colonel Dan -- mission was to defend the homeland.
He was scrambled from Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington DC -- ordered to keep any other hijacked planes away from the heart of the nation's capital.
How do you prepare yourself for knowing that you may have to actually shoot down a civilian -- Boy that's a complicated question.
What the -- nation relies on folks like me.
Had to do that and and we were prepared to do them.
Now I'm just thankful that that we didn't have to do that but we absolutely.
-- canyon intercepted more than a dozen aircraft even dropping players to move airliners away from the cap.
We needed to protect.
Downtown Washington DC from every direction so we had a you know 360 degrees if you will that we had to cover meanwhile two F fifteens were scrap.
-- from here the Otis Air National Guard base on Cape Cod they flew at supersonic -- to New York City arriving there in less than twenty minutes.
I just left it in enough -- -- the whole way we get to vote one point 31 point four mark.
Colonel Tim Duffy took to the skies after word of a suspected hijacking and did not have orders to shoot the plane down.
He and another fighter pilot arrived in lower Manhattan after both -- have been here.
-- Duffy was flying directly over the second tower as it's now.
You sitting -- -- condom when you take all the emotion out of it you know for ten or fifteen seconds or whatever was I allowed myself you know that emotional time.
To kind of be horrified X and and then had to kind of push that out you know and and get back to business and by day's end the mission had changed program.
And we took off in peacetime and -- -- big screen in -- time I'm Eric Sean Fox News.
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