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September 11 Memorial: Remembering the victims who died at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania

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Robert Penninger

Age: 63

Hometown: Poway, Calif., USA

Occupation: Electrical engineer, BAE Systems

Location: Passenger, American Flight 77, Pentagon


"Bob Penninger loved life, always living it to the fullest. He always tried to find humor in any situation. Bob also loved cars. In high school, he was always tinkering with the cars he and his friends owned, fine-tuning them to get more speed. So it seemed only natural that he buy a 1999 electric green Cobra Mustang with thoughts of making it into a show car. He added many Saleen extras including a speedster cover, spoiler and ground effects. He had a supercharger installed, as well as having the car lowered, putting on wider tires and a roll bar. He enjoyed every moment driving and showing this car and won a trophy at every car show he entered." -- Janet Penninger, wife

Source: The Washington Post, AP and

The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.

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