What does 75 years at the same job get you? For American Airlines mechanic Azriel “Al” Blackman the answer is an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records and a celebration flight in a company 777. Oh, and that plane just happens to have a bit of extra art at the nose celebrating his achievement, too.
— Christine Negroni (@cnegroni) July 18, 2017
Following a celebration at JFK Airport the company took Blackman and a bunch of other employees and guests for a quick tour of the New York City area.
— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) July 18, 2017
I happen to be in town this week and I’m a sucker for a good fly-by up the Hudson so I headed out to snag a couple shots as well.
The news chopper was pretty close, though obviously further than these images make it appear. Also, hazy day and terrible lighting to work with mid-afternoon.
For his 70th workiversary Blackman got a similar joyride, but on a DC-3. This tribute will last a bit longer as the nose art will remain on the aircraft for a while yet, it appears. Worth noting that Blackman no longer does any real maintenance work on the aircraft. No climbing ladders and no playing with the many tools involved in aircraft maintenance. Plus he has a “crew co-chief” supervising his work. Those pesky FAA rules and all…
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