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Flight Attendant ends 63-Year Career

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A United Airlines flight attendant ended his 63 year career, with a flight from Colorado to Hawaii, landing him in the Guinness Book Of World Records. (travel.usatoday.com) 更多...

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gallegos
He loved what he did,most people hate to get up in the morning and go to a job they hate.Don't spend your life doing what you hate to do do what you love and there won't be enough hours in the day for you,the money will come.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 5
Admireable to say the least. But, since I have never heard anyone on their death bed say they wished they had spent more time at work, I think I'll retire soon.
preacher1
preacher1 0
I thought you already were. You mean they still putting up with you?
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
I get a few more paychecks. But they end between now and the end of the year. I like my job but I am ready. Quite frankly, with the new corporate structure I don't really have much to do. That's why I'm on here a lot.lol
preacher1
preacher1 1
Well, that's kinda how it was here. I got mine out of the truckline but stayed on at their request and made a nice check and insurance. That started in April when they bought it and lasted til July and I came to the house. Flying is getting slim so I really don't know what I want right now. There's only so much of that back porch and Ice Tea that you can handle.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
I went to Oregon a couple of weeks ago and looked at a plane. They are in the middle of an annual now. Will try and make a deal then. So that will take up some time and most of my money. Haha
preacher1
preacher1 1
Well, I got a friend that has a flight school not too far away, and he just come into a whole bunch of daddy's money. He is strongly thinking about getting some big iron in that and trying to work out a full package deal. He is wanting me to come out there and help him, probably teach and check ride. I got to look at the time and distance involved(it's about 200 miles) and being gone. Money ain't bad though and you know us old folks are greedy.LOL
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
Flying sounds like more fun than being in the trucking industry.
ARUNK
Uhhh,yeah!! After working in the airline industry for years...and then driving a truck for years...I can attest that flying is a helluva lot more fun than chasing that little white line!!
preacher1
preacher1 1
Well,the being gone is not that big a factor. The wife is getting tired of me being underfoot.lol. I got to take a trip and look at some stuff in the next week or 2. He has his finger on a couple of good right seats that I know and we may hop some stuff around to test it out. He's looking at some mad dogs that AA is trying to shuck that are supposed to be in top shape, and a couple of RJ's of some type.I think his main objective is to try and work into some advanced type thing and he has some decent airline contacts for placement, so we'll see. Hell, if I can have some fun, fly for free and make a little money too, it won't be a bad deal.His money.lol
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
Them mad dogs and rj's will be like a cross between your 67 and a Lear jet. Have fun.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Well, the main thing that bothers me is that in a few years, all mainline stuff will be underwing engines, regardless of mfg, and the dogs and 9's will all be gone, and there is quite a handling difference. That said, doubtful they'll go to the scrap heap so there will be a lot of 135 work. Oh wee, his money.lol
preacher1
preacher1 1
Just caught a glimpse of some of that 135 work this morning. Looks like a dog of some kind that Mitt has leased to fly around in.LOL
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
At the risk of being political I hope he graduates to a 47. :-)
preacher1
preacher1 1
well, yeah.lol We kept it aviation oriented though, talking about planes.lol
skuttlerats
I just read this story on NBC.com....what a great story! and a great career for Mr Akana!

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TorstenHoff
It beats never enjoying retirement and working until the day you kick the bucket.
RobSJC
Thats a great one .. in another story about him in Honolulu, it had stated he was THE first male Flight Steward hired by United .. the others (male) were afews days after him and his daughter has 30 or 40 years with United... and is still working .. A career traveling .. and traveling in retirement .. .should be another record .. But FREE flights too .. He'll know for sure if the FA's blow it during the trips !!
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
Not raining on his parade, but you wonder why the pilots have to pack it up at 65...
fly1ron
Ron Butler 1
Duh! Big difference between walking up and down the aisles and take off and landing the aisles. If you have a heart attack in the cabin usually no one else could conceivably die but in the cockpit it could become problamatic. Is it raining yet?
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
Cause nobody will ride with them!!!! Just kidding of course. By 65 I hope they would be ready to do their own thing every day whether that is a plane, boat, garden, dozer, or all of the above.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Speak for yourself, young man! lol
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 1
Holy Stories!
727clamshell
Clam Shell 1
I can only imagine some of the stories he could tell about how passengers in general have become unruly, and also some great stories about aircraft he's flown. 63 years ago was 1949 and United went through a hell of a long list of aircraft during that time. I'm sure I'll leave some out but that would have covered the Constellation, DC6, DC7, DC8, DC10, 720, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777 (too bad he didn't hang around and work the 787), Caravelle, 320, what did I leave out?
jbermo
jbermo 1
UAL did not fly Constellations, but they did fly the B-377 Stratoliners
Moviela
Ron is truly a nice guy. There is more about him here, including a nice video:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/us/63-years-flying-from-glamour-to-days-of-gray.html?pagewanted=all
hiawathame
Great for a Flight Attendant to be recognized by Guinness. Congratulations to Ron for his career as a F/A. Guess that the lastformal bid before retirement was such a selection for Ron. Take care Ron
rmlewisjr
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Flight Attendant's Career Landing in Guinness Book

A flight attendant is landing in the Guinness World Records book after spending 63 years moving about the cabin.



http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/flight-attendants-career-landing-guinness-book-17102417

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