You are not the only one to come out of a USAF family. My father was a career USAF -- the second ranking officer in the OSI. My brother was also career USAF -- and also retired as a full bird Col.
So this proves nothing.
The fact is that - a scramble is a scramble. This is a routine procedure -- well known to both NORAD pilots and the FAA. You would do well to move beyond that ridiculous Popular Mechanics rag to some serious research.
Check out David R Griffin's book DEBUNKING 911 DEBUNKING. He does a good job analyzing the Popular Mechanics article/book.
The Pop Mechanics book is based on straw man arguments -- phony positions not advocated by genuine 9/11 researchers.
G-d gave you a brain, Bleeding. So use it.
A few years ago the ownership of Pop Mechanics changed. It became a bought and paid for disinfo platform.
Does the name Chertoff mean anything to you? It should.