Saturday, July 21, 2012

This Mechanic Has Been Working At American Airlines For 70 Years


Azriel "Al" Blackman started working as a mechanic for American Airlines in 1942 when he was 16.

Today the airline celebrated his 70th year of service by taking him on a ride on a vintage DC-3.

Blackman says he has no plans to retire, according to the AP.

We talked to the Ken MacTiernan of The Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association (AMTA), which honored Blackman with a Master Mechanic award.

MacTiernan relates an anecdote from a few years ago when American held troubleshooting scenarios in a joint session with crew chiefs and management: "Whenever a question came up that no one had an answer to, the instructor would ask them 'What would Al do?'"

"The guy is a wealth of knowledge, respected by both management and labor," says MacTiernan.

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