This ride segment is dedicated to:
Captain John Ogonowski
American Airlines Flight 11
John was a fourth-generation son of a Polish immigrant farming family. John and his wife, Peggy, an AA flight attendant, had three daughters, Laura, 16; Caroline, 14; and Mary Katherine, 11. John grew up on a farm in Dracut, MA. In 1968, he joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and upon receiving his commission, went to Texas for flight training. For seven years, he flew C-141 transports, including a stint in Vietnam. Hired by AA in 1978, he then returned to Texas for flight training.
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