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the F15 is our fastest and toughest fighter jet

it has never been shot down or defeated in over 100 combat...

Director of the Pacific Coast Air Museum, Dave Pinsky - a former...

"Never Forget" was the theme of the day

everyone wanted to touch the aircraft - and touching it was encouraged

the exhibit also includes a piece of twisted steel from the WTC

a special tribute flag


Sunday, September 11 found us at the Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa, California.

Santa Rosa is in Sonoma County, an hour north of San Francisco. The Pacific Coast Air Museum is located near the Sonoma County Airport, and today it was the scene of a fitting memorial to the 9-11 World Trade Center tragedy a decade ago.

The museum has recently been honored by becoming home to the first F15 fighter jet that responded to the World Trade Center attacks. Two warplanes were dispatched out of Boston that day, to respond to the American Airlines hijackings. Both pilots made the decision to go supersonic (without authorization) and they arrived over New York City as quickly as they could, but the damage was already done. They were too late to prevent either attack, but they remained over the city all day to give protection and reassurance to the stunned population.

Our good friend,Dave Pinsky is Director of the Pacific Coast Air Museum, and Dave organized a moving event that served as both an anniversary memorial, and as the dedication of this treasured new exhibit. A good crowd showed up, and one of the dignitaries present was former Secretary of the Air Force, Tom Reed.

The museum has a fine collection of historic aircraft, and the collection has grown significantly under Dave's leadership. More information can be found on the museum's website at www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org.



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