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.