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CPT Charles Frank “Chic” Burlingame, III

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CPT Charles Frank “Chic” Burlingame, III

  • Birth 12 Sep 1949 Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 11 Sep 2001 Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 35, Site 4288
  • Memorial ID 6014995

American Terrorism Victim. He was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, the Boeing 757-223 airplane that was hijacked by Islamist terrorists on September 11, 2001 and was flown into the Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia. 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.

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Gravesite Details Chic's parents are also buried at Arlington Cemetery.





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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Erik Lander
  • Added: 6 Dec 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6014995
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for CPT Charles Frank “Chic” Burlingame, III (12 Sep 1949–11 Sep 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6014995, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .