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Two F-16A Air-Defense Fighter (ADF) Fighting Falcons of the 178th Fighter Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, are seen in a turn during an early morning Combat Air Patrol mission Nov. 11, 2001, over the Pentagon in Washington D.C. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg L. Davis

'Unforgettable day:' North Dakota Guard pilots who flew on 9/11 tell their stories

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FARGO - It was such a clear day, perfect weather for a private pilot who was flying his little Piper plane north of Washington, D.C.

Only trouble was, he had not watched a television or heard the radio all day, and it was Sept. 11, 2001. So he got quite a shock when he turned to see an F-16 flown by Lt. Col Dean Eckmann hovering right on his wing.

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