|Birth: ||Sep. 12, 1949|
|Death: ||Sep. 11, 2001|
Pilot of American Airlines Flight 77. He was known by his family as "Chic." He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, but grew up in Southern California. After graduating from the Naval Academy, he served eight years in the Navy, flying F-4 Phantom fighters. While at the Naval Academy he earned the nickname "Gramps" from his classmates because of his penchant for wearing snazzy red slippers as a midshipman. He was an aeronautical engineer and honors graduate from the Navy's Top Gun fighter pilot school and he also taught at the school. He was a reservist for 17 years and served in the Persian Gulf War. After he left the Navy, he started flying airliners. He was hired by American Airlines in 1989. For a time, he flew regular routes to South America. But he gave them up in order to spend more time at home. A month later, one of the pilots who replaced him crashed into the Colombian mountainside. He remained active in the reserve, working until 1996 as a liaison in the Pentagon. On September 11, 2001, the day before his 52nd birthday, he was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77 when it was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon. The crash killed 125 people at the Pentagon and all 59 passengers and crew members on the flight. Ironically when his plane went down, it ripped through a section of the building that included the Navy Reserve offices that he work in while in the reserves. He is also list under Arlington National Cemetery.
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Originally Created by: William Barritt
Record added: Sep 23, 2001
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