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Col. Dan Cain will give a presentation titled "Defending America: Protecting the Skies on September 11, 2001" at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum will commemorate 9/11 with a special lecture by Colonel Dan Cain titled: "Defending America: Protecting the Skies on September 11, 2011."  The lecture will be held on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Museum located at 6911 Lemmon Ave.  Col Caine is an F-16 pilot with the District of Columbia Air National Guard, based at Andrews Air Force Base, close to D.C., and was on duty as the Supervisor of Flying on September 11, 2001.  As the tragic events unfolded, he took to the sky with orders to shoot down any hijacked airliners that posed a threat to the nation’s capital. 

Once airborne, Col. Caine (at that time a major) acted as mission commander and formulated a defense plan literally “on the fly” as he coordinated operations with other aircraft on varying radio frequencies with different controlling agencies.  He also intercepted several aircraft and directed them away from the D.C. area, sometimes pulling in front of them and launching flares to make the point.

Join us for this fascinating presentation about the heart-pounding action that took place in the airspace over our nation’s capital on that fateful day.  The lecture is free with paid admission to the Museum. Visit: http://www.flightmuseum.com/.