September 11, 2001 fell on a Tuesday and I heard the news about the first plane hitting the World Trade Center tower on the radio at home. While The Lioness and I were getting ready for work I turned on the television set and saw the second plane crash into the other tower.
Meanwhile, three time zones and 3,000 miles to the East, a pair of armed fighter jets from Otis Air National Guard Base Massachusetts were sent to defend New York City.
Seventeen years later, here on the West coast, I had the opportunity to touch and explore a piece of history from that fateful Tuesday morning. The first jet to respond from Otis is on display at the Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa, CA.
The 9/11 “First Responder” F-15A Eagle #77-102 has been restored to the condition and markings it wore on 9/11/2001 when it was flown by Lt. Col Duffy on combat air patrol missions to clear the New York City airspace. —PCAM website
My thanks go out to our first responders and the men and women of the armed forces on 9-11-01 and to those who are serving today. My hope is that you have the tools to accomplish the tasks ahead of you.