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IIRC, the pilots were instructed to crash land them if necessary... this was after the first, (and perhaps the second,)
attack on the Twin Towers in NYC, and the crash into the Pentagon... yeah combat flying really sucks sometimes, whether the pilot is male or female
But Major Penney's message to us is not that the experience sucked so much as that you can always make the hard choice to get the hard job done, whether or not you have the ideal tools available. She'd have preferred to have ammunition, but what she had was a plane she could use as a crude ram if she had to. The only reason she didn't have to sacrifice her life was that the passengers on Flight 93 sacrificed themselves first.
Once upon a time we kept a number of fighters like hers fully fueled, fully armed, and ready to take off in a few moments. But when the cold war ended we stopped doing that. Because, after all, loaded weapons are dangerous, hm?
This is how we got the Ft. Hood massacre. Soldiers on a frickin' military reservation can't be trusted with guns, so the Islamist nutball gets to shoot without challenge.
I think we have returned to keeping a few aircraft on alert status. It will be very few, because that costs money, and it's more important for the Navy to buy $40/gallon biofuel, and to pay for trannies to get their dicks whacked off and the associated drugs, mental health counseling and to pay someone else to stand their post while they spend a year or so working it all out.