This lecture will be webcast on Air and Space Live.
Imagine if, on September 11, 2001, you were an Air Force officer who received orders to strike down a commercial flight that your father might be piloting. Air Force Lieutenant Heather “Lucky” Penney found herself in this situation when she was ordered to ram an F-16 into United Flight 93, the fourth plane that was hijacked that day. Fortunately, it turned out that Heather’s father, retired Air Force Colonel and United Airlines Captain John Penney, was not the pilot of United 93. However, Heather’s determination to complete her mission, regardless of the costs, exemplifies her heroism and her continuation of her father’s distinguished career in aviation.
The first and only woman in the 121st Fighter Squadron of the D.C. Air National Guard, Lieutenant Heather Penney enlisted in the Air Force after Congress voted to allow women to fly combat missions in 1995, and was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Colonel John Penney flew combat missions in Vietnam before retiring to become a commercial pilot.
In this lecture, this remarkable father and daughter team will discuss their experiences on 9/11, their shared passion for aviation, and their inspiring service to our nation. The talk will be moderated by the Museum Deputy Director Chris Browne, who was the manager of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) on September 11, 2001.
The GE Aviation Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of GE Aviation.