Curtis L. Burdett, 62, a retired Air Force master sergeant who had worked for the Northrop Corporation here since 1972, died of a heart ailment July 24 at Arlington Hospital. He was a resident of Arlington.

Mr. Burdett was a native of Massachusetts and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in November 1940. During World War II, he served as a supply sergeant, first with the 8th Air Force in England and then in the Pacific.

Following the war he served as a personnel specialist in this country and Bermuda. He was stationed at the headquarters of the Air Weather Service in Washington from 1951 to 1956, then spent three years at Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon. His last assignment was with the Air Force Ballistic Missile Division of California.

Mr. Burdett retired from active duty in 1960 and joined Northrop's customer relations department in California that same year. He transfered to Northrop's eastern regional office in Washington in 1972.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 227 in Camp Springs and also belonged to the Scottish Rite. He had been active with the Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association.

He leaves no immediate survivors.