A. Dixon Caine, Navy fighter pilot

February 21, 2012

A. Dixon Caine, 86, a retired Navy captain who was a fighter pilot and who later worked as a defense consultant, died Jan. 8 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, his daughter Jennifer Caine Leila said.

He had amyloidosis, a disorder in which proteins are deposited at abnormal levels in organs. He lived in Washington.

Capt. Caine, who was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Class of 1947, graduated in 1946 as part of an accelerated program. He served as a fighter pilot during two deployments in the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

He also reviewed and approved plans for aircraft acquisition and was chief safety officer of the Navy’s air operations with the Atlantic Fleet from 1969 to 1972. He was commanding officer of the Navy Manpower and Material Analysis Center before his military retirement in 1976.

Capt. Caine later worked for Planning Research Corp., Computer Sciences Corp. and other defense contractors until his retirement last year. He helped review designs for the development of the USS Makin Island, a Navy amphibious assault ship that was launched in 2006.

Arthur Dixon Caine was born in Logan, Utah, and graduated from high school in Boise, Idaho. In 1961, he received a master’s degree in management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Capt. Caine enjoyed golf and shot a hole-in-one when he was 80. He was a member of the Army and Navy Club and the Army Navy Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Patricia Erickson Caine of Washington; four children, John D. Caine of Washington, Jule C. Chatelain of Folly Beach, S.C., Kristina “Tina” Caine of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., and Jennifer Caine Leila of New York City; a brother; and two grandchildren.

— Matt Schudel