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WASHINGTON - Aircraft nose art with the words "Let's roll!"
America's two-word marching order in the fight against
terrorism will be displayed on various aircraft throughout the Air
Force as a way of recognizing the heroes and victims of the
September 11th attacks
on the United States.
The words were made famous by Todd Beamer, a passenger on
Flight 93. Beamer, a 32-year-old businessman, Sunday school
teacher, husband, father and hero, led other passengers in fighting
terrorists for control of Flight 93 before it crashed into a field
in western Pennsylvania. He was overheard on a cellular phone
reciting the Lord's Prayer and saying "Let's roll!" as passengers
charged the terrorists. "'Let's roll!' has served as a
rallying cry for this nation as we go forward in our war on
terrorism," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper.
"We are proud to display this new nose art on our aircraft."
The passengers of Flight 93 won one of the first
victories in the fight against terrorism. There has been much
speculation about the terrorists' intentions for Flight 93,
but it is widely believed that either the White House or the U.S.
Capitol building was the intended target. The nose art design
depicts an eagle soaring in front of the U.S. flag, with the words
"Spirit of 9-11" on the top and "Let's roll!" on the bottom.
The design was created by Senior Airman Duane White, a
journeyman from Air Combat Command's multimedia center at Langley
Air Force Base, Va. The Thunderbirds and other Air Force
demonstration teams will apply this nose art on all aircraft, while
major commands and wings will be authorized to apply the nose art to
one aircraft of their choice. For thousands of years,
warriors, such as the Vikings, Zulus, Native Americans, samurai and
many others, have followed a tradition of > decorating their
instruments of war. These instruments could include the warriors or
their weapons. The Air Force has used nose art throughout much of
its history, and for a variety of reasons. The "Let's roll!" nose
art is being used to continue the remembrance of the events of Sept.
11, spur on the nation's current patriotic spirit and pay tribute to
the heroes and victims in the war against terrorism. It is
anticipated that the art will start to appear on Air Force aircraft
around Jan. 15.