No Minister

Values, Belief and Commitment

Taken from Kiwiblog and well worth repeating.

On 9/11 Heather Penney was 26 years old. She was a pilot with the 121st Fighter Squadron in Washington DC. She was ordered to intercept and down United Flight 93 before it could reach DC and crash into a target.

Due to the urgency of the mission, there was no time to arm the plane. So she took off with her mission being to ram her plane into a jumbo jet, almost certainly killing herself also. It didn’t prove necessary as the brave passengers fought back against the hijackers and the plane crashed.

Penney was asked why she was willing to fly a kamikaze mission. Her reply is worth reflecting on:

Why? Because there are things in this world that are more important than ourselves. Freedom. The Constitution of the United States. Our way of life. Mom, baseball, apple pie; these things and so many more that make us uniquely American. We belong to something greater than ourselves. As complex and diverse and discordant as it is, this thing, this idea called America, binds us together in citizenship and community and brotherhood.

Great words worth reflecting on.’

Written by pdm1946

November 13, 2020 at 6:19 am

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  1. You gotta do what you gotta do. This is the same as the soldier who throws himself onto the grenade to save his mates.

    George Black

    November 13, 2020 at 7:26 am

  2. This has been so well ingrained in popular culture that it is not questioned. The Russians have said, and I have no reason to disbelieve them, tha you approach the aircarft from the rear over a wing and hit the after burners, it either destabilises the plane into a spin or blows the flaps off.

    Sorry, suicide missions smack of ISIS and just are not true .

    Sydney West

    November 13, 2020 at 7:42 am

    • It is a well known fact that disrupting the airflow over one wing will cause it to stall, and therefore that wing to stop flying and then perhaps the aircraft to stall.

      Like the other flight once the hijackers saw the fighter they may well have decided to quit and dive the plane into the ground anyway, as they were not really equipped with their training to fly the aircraft properly anyway.

      Apart from that, sorry but you smack of being a moron…trying to belittle her contribution, nuff said twat.


      November 13, 2020 at 8:27 am

  3. Like the thousands of fire fighters who went up both Towers.

    Like the passengers on the flight who charged the cockpit who knew they were dead either way.

    Selfless people who see the greater good or as a simple gesture to their fellow humankind.

    If all else had failed she may have well made the ultimate sacrifice, it depends on how much time she had to try the other stuff.

    Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.


    November 13, 2020 at 8:17 am

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