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Dad is my favorite title
Nov 30, 2001
Lets all put our bitching and bickering aside today and remember the flight crews and passengers of AAL11, UAL175, AAL77, and UAL93 of 11SEP01, who all gave the ultimate sacrifice eight years ago today.

As you reach over and grab the thrust levers today, take a second and remember the fallen, just doing their jobs on the line...
AA 11

Captain John A. Ogonowski (February 24, 1949 – September 11, 2001) was a pilot and an agricultural activist. A resident of Dracut, Massachusetts, Ogonowski was a leading figure on behalf of farming in Massachusetts, particularly for immigrant farmers from Cambodia, whom he assisted as part of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.
He went to a school at Keith Academy, Lowell. He was a pilot in the U. S. Air Force for seven years. From 1978 to the end of his life, Ogonowski flew airplanes for American Airlines. He died on September 11, 2001, when the airplane he was flying, American Airlines Flight 11 was hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center.
It is believed that he was stabbed to death before the plane had crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Before dying, he managed to engage the aircraft's radio system to allow air traffic control to listen to the terrorists' conversations in the aircraft's cabin.
A remote controlled model aircraft flying field in nearby Tewksbury, Massachusetts has been dedicated to Captain Ogonowski. An alumnus of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the institution posthumously presented him with an honorary doctorate at the 2003 commencement ceremony at Tsongas Arena.
Ogonowski is survived by a wife and three daughters: wife Margaret and daughters Laura, Caroline, and Mary Katherine. His younger brother, Jim Ogonowski, who is also an agricultural activist, made an unsuccessful run for the United States House of Representatives in 2007.

First Officer Thomas McGuinness


UAL 175
Captain Victor Saracini

for a bio...


First Officer Michael Horrocks

Michael Horrocks was serving as co-pilot on United Flight 175 when he called his wife, Miriam, to say hello.

According to news reports confirmed by a family member, Horrocks called his wife before the plane took off and joked that the pilot--Victor Saracini--was "some guy with a funny Italian name."

The 38-year-old native of suburban Philadelphia had two children, a son in 1st grade and a daughter in 4th. Miriam Horrocks is a gym teacher at a nearby grade school, the family member said. His plane crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center.

Horrocks was a retired Marine and was a quarterback at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa.

American Airlines Flight 77

Captain Charles Frank "Chic" Burlingame III

A Classmate Like a Brother

To those who knew him, Capt. Charles F. Burlingame's dependability was legend. "He was kind of a go-to guy," said Perry Martini, a former classmate of Captain Burlingame, a Navy fighter pilot many affectionately remember by his nickname, Chic. "If you needed something done and done right," Mr. Martini said, "you would call on Chic."

As a pilot, Mr. Burlingame, 51, captain of American Airlines Flight 77, was a perfectionist, and his attention to safety earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues. But Captain Burlingame's most valued quality, friends say, was his commitment to people. He personified the word classmate, Mr. Martini said, and as such, "he became family."

A graduate of the Naval Academy and the Navy's Top Gun fighter pilot school in Miramar, Calif., Mr. Burlingame accepted a position 12 years ago with American Airlines, where his wife, Shari, is a flight attendant.

He was to attend his 30-year college reunion, which he helped organize, the week after the attacks. Instead, former classmates from as far as Hong Kong gathered to honor their fallen brother, take in a Navy football game and reminisce.

"If Chic were around this weekend," Mr. Martini said, "he would be doing a lot of high-fives and hugs."

First Officer David Charlebois

David Charlebois was born in 1962 in Morocco, during one of his father’s overseas assignments with the diplomatic corps. He spent his early childhood in Paris, France. Dave graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical sciences. He began his career as a pilot for corporate executives and later worked as a pilot for US Airways. He joined AA in 1991. He is survived by his parents, and his partner of 14 years, Tom Hay

David Charlebois, 39, who was the first officer on American Airlines Flight 77, died in the crash at the Pentagon. "He was handsome and happy and very centered," Travis White, a neighbor in Charlebois' Washington, D.C. neighborhood, told the Washington Post. "His life was the kind of life I wanted to have someday."

UAL 93

Captain Jason Dahl

For his bio…


First Officer Leroy Wilton Homer, Jr.

For his bio…


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