WATCH: Bud Hensel recalls piloting F-16 over Pentagon on September 11

WATCH: Bud Hensel recalls piloting F-16 over Pentagon on September 11 Click to Enlarge

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Bud Hensel joined the Air Force through the ROTC program, in 2001 he was one of the first airmen activated piloting an F-16 over the Pentagon after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

"They'll give you a box in the sky and you circle around to intercept aircraft that may be hostile - we were right over the capital", Hensel said.

During the September 11 attacks of 2001, 2,996 people were killed (including 19 terrorists) and more than 6,000 others injured. These immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes (including the terrorists), 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon.

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