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First 9/11 Aircraft Responder to Debut at PCA Museum

F-15 First Respond

The Pacific Coast Air Museum has the honor of being the home of the first aircraft to respond to the World Trade Center attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. On loan from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the 9/11 “First Responder” F-15A Eagle aircraft is currently being reassembled and restored to the condition and markings it wore that day.

On September 11, 2001, two U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagles from the 101st Fighter Squadron, 102nd Fighter Wing, Otis Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts, were scrambled by the North American Aerospace Defense Command in response to commercial airliners being hijacked and used as weapons to attack the World Trade Center in New York City. This armed patrol was this nation's first airborne response to the terrorist attacks of that day, and it arrived over Manhattan only moments after the World Trade Center was struck. The sight of these F-15s over New York City was the show of strength New Yorkers on the ground needed to see in their darkest hour.

Visit the Pacific Coast Air Museum site.

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