Flight 93 Co-Pilot's Widow Pens Book
Melodie Homer, widow of Flight 93 co-pilot LeRoy W. Homer Jr., has released the book "From Where I Stand: Flight 93 Pilot's Widow Sets the Record Straight" and is donating all proceeds. The book honors the deceased pilot and his role on September 11, 2001, when United Flight 93, a Boeing 757-222, was hijacked. The book also includes how the widow and her two children coped with their tragedy. Flight 93 was the only one of four hijacked aircraft not to impact a strategic target, crashing instead in a field at Shanksville, Penn. All proceeds earned from the sale of the book will be donated to support young adults seeking careers as professional pilots through the LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation.
Melodie Homer serves as president of the foundation named for her husband and also works as a nursing instructor. LeRoy W. Homer Jr. was a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and served in the Air Force before being hired by United in 1995. The foundation that carries his name offers scholarships to young people aged 16 to 23 and has helped at least twelve young people obtain private pilot certificates since 2003. The foundation's application period for 2012 is now closed, with recipients to be announced on May 31.