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After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today  
User currently offlineGroundStop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 6
Posted (11 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8324 times:

After 40 years of dedicating himself to the airlines, my father (Clipper002) retired today. His career has spanned 5 decades filled with ups and downs that have seemingly followed the twists and turns of the industry. He started his career with Pan American as an agent in JFK. He worked his way through the ranks, eventually becoming a Duty Director over all of Pan Am's operations at JFK. During that time, he met his wife and my mother, who was a Pan Am agent at the time. In 1986, he was promoted and moved to MIA where he became Director of Operations. It was here that some of my best memories were made. I was fortunate enough to get to go to work with him and sit in the E-Tower and watch the 747's come and go. It was fairly obvious I would follow in his footsteps. In 1991, Pan Am closed up and shop and our family had to make some tough decisions. After a lot of searching, my father was offered a position with Atlantic Coast Airlines in Sterling, VA. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by World Airways, where he has spent the last 11 years. His last position was Director of Scheduling. Along his journey, he has made many friends and many lasting memories. I like to think that two of his greatest acheivements are his two sons. My brother is a 747-400 captain for Polar Air Cargo and I am a Passenger Movement Coordinator in the AirTran SOC. Our father instilled in us a passion for aviation that can not be explained, and is known by few. He truly is an airline man. He doesn't like parties, cakes, cards, anything like that. Its not his style. I hope he knows how much he will be missed by this industry which could use a few more people like him. I am very proud to follow in his path and can only hope to achieve half of what he has.


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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12954 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8290 times:

Wow, 40 years of flying the worlds skys, what an achievement.

User currently offlineUadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8263 times:

after reading that,,,,im sure he is one proud dad.....work with some ex pa folks and to hear those stories about jfk and mia is like a history lesson....

bus driver.......move that bus:)
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8174 times:

Wish your Dad.You should be very proud of Him.Its a great Achievement.

Reminds me when my Dad retired.We wern't Financially very well those days,And he came home in the evening with a Suitcase containing an AI Maharaja mounted on An Elephant statue & a Garland [Indian style of Farewell].He was very silent for a long time,but a smile on his face from the outside,knowing well the next morning He did not have to get up Early after 40 years.
The Statue is still preserved with me,along with a Key he had partially finished making [I carry it in my Wallet],Although He's no more & today We are Financially a lot better off.But I learnt a lot from him.
The best part was paitence & how to do a job with 100% effort.

Sorry Drifted off.

What I wanted to say is Your Dad has something which can never be taken from him & thats "EXPERIENCE".
Pick some valuable tips from him,it will help you in the long run.

Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineBtblue From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 708 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8165 times:
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Quoting GroundStop (Thread starter):

What a lovely post to read on a Saturday morning! I wish your father a very happy retirement.

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User currently offlineSam the Lab From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 days ago) and read 8066 times:

A big salute to your Dad, Clipper 002. Often saw many Pan American flights route overhead Cork before and after their long transatlantic crossings and I am sure your Dad must have been associated with the operations of many of those flights.

I hope your Dad has a long and happy retirement. Maybe he should recall some of his memories in a journal and have them published. Your Dad lived in the Golden Age of aviation and I am sure there are many fabulous stories he could talk about?

Yes, a lovely post to read this beautiful Saturday morning.

User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 6007 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8049 times:

My heartiest congratulations to your Dad.

I am still of the mind that Pan American "invented" the industry that I love. Your Dad sounds like a great guy with which to have a pint and listen to stories.

Just because I stopped arguing, doesn't mean I think you are right. It just means I gave up!
User currently offlineYYZ757FAN From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8035 times:

A very fitting tribute to a man with a remarkable career. Perhaps he can now pass on his love of aviation to the grandkids and the chain will continue. I wish him and the whole family many happy contrails, and a long healthy retirement.

User currently offlineSunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2112 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8006 times:

It is because of many men and women like your father that many of us are in the airline industry today.

Clipper002 enjoy your retirement, and thank you for your hard work.

User currently offlineBully707 From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1047 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7975 times:
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All the best to your dad!!!!!

I am sure he will be enjoying his retirement with sons to follow his lead!!!!

Have a great time!!!!!



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User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8237 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7968 times:

Awesome, Tell him he's a bloody legend and I hope his passion continues throughout retirement. It's always good to read about an airline employee that has lasted so long in the aviation industry, which is known for such a high rate of attrition.

User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7961 times:

I give him a lot of credit, and I wish him all the best. (40 years, woo. I've been in the industry for only 6, and I'm ready to go.)

User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2268 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7898 times:

Congratulations for a job well done!

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7888 times:

Its always sad to see an old timer bow out of the industry they dedicated their lives to. My dad retired in 2001 after 37 years in the industry so I know exactly what you feel right now. Fortunately, my father was able to continue his relationship with the aviation industry by setting up his own company with some colleagues to do consulting work and more recently by lecturing part-time on aviation at a vocational training institute. It is really wonderful to see how his years of experience are being passed down to the next generation through his teaching. Hopefully your dad can also find a way to share his invaluable experience to benefit the future workers in the industry and also to keep himself happy and busy in retirement.

User currently offlineFRA2DTW From Germany, joined Feb 2004, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7744 times:

Your Dad was a very valuable contributor to this forum and I learned a lot from what he had to say. Congratulations and best wishes for a healthy and happy retirement! I'm sure he also played an important role in the recent good fortunes of World Airways.

User currently offlineClipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 685 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7630 times:

I just want to say "thanks" to all of you. My career actually started before I was born. My father was a test pilot for NACA (the predesesor of NASA)during WWII and that's where I got the bug from. Hopefully it'll carry on down to my Grandson, Ryan who's all of 1. I really appreciate all of the kind remarks you people left and you can rest assured that I won't ever be very far away from aviation.

Thanks JP, I'm proud of you.

Ed (Dad)

User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2457 posts, RR: 29
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7576 times:

I'm sure if all of us had fire trucks we'd give you a water cannon salute.... congrats on 40 years and enjoy retirement!


You can't fix stupid.... - Ron White
User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7494 times:
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Way to pay homage to your father J.P. After such a long career in this industry only a sons words are a fitting tribute to a fathers story. Well done my friend.

Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
User currently offlineMidway2AirTran From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7455 times:

Nice to see a post on the human side of things in here, thanks for sharing GroundStop!

Best wishes and a long happy and healthy retirement to Clipper002! Now you can continue to enjoy aviation at a new level and perspective!! Congrats!!

"Life is short, but your delay in ATL is not."
User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4494 posts, RR: 27
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7415 times:

Incredible and very heart-moving story. And quite an achievement! Your Dad's life experiences have been very rich and I'm sure he's proud of not only his accomplishments but also of his two sons.

All the best to your Dad! (And to you!)


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User currently offlineJambo From Tanzania, joined Dec 2004, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7341 times:

A big Salute to your dad aswell.

User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7307 times:
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Congratulations and a big salute for all the work he has done!

"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
User currently offlineTonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7238 times:

Obviously his biggest accomplishment is his son who thinks so much of him to post such a beautiful message. You did a good job at work, and even better in raising your son. Congratulations!

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12954 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6916 times:

Quoting Clipper002 (Reply 15):

Did you receive the water cannon salute?

User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6715 times:

My congrats and kudos for the service your dad provided to the industry. May he enjoy a well deserved retirement!  bigthumbsup 

BTW thanks for sharing, GroundStop.  Smile Ditto on what TonyBurr said! Big grin

"Ladies and Gentlemen it's happy hour. You will get two approaches for the price of one."
25 Post contains images OPNLguy : Unless I'm mistaken, I think Clipper002 spent his airline years in various ground-based operational jobs, and not flying... Besides, when one of us d
26 Mark_D. : Congratulations Clipper002, (and way to go Groundstop, nice post ) I thought it was always great seeing PanAm planes around, especially at JFK. A lege
27 IsuA380B777 : 40 years is a lot of time and it must be a proud experience to serve the world with some thing great. Wish all the best for the future Regards Isu
28 BoeingPride800 : That's pretty cool that you are all involved in the aviation industry. Congrats to your father!
29 HarvardMan99 : Wonderful read. The very best to your father and your family in his retirement. Being with Pan American/Pan Am is something very special and very hard
30 Wjcandee : What a warm and touching post. I have so enjoyed and benefitted from Clipper002's posts here, and have long admired the wonderful relationship that he
31 777ER : Well I don't think a water cannon salute would be a good idea after all, maybe a normal hand salute
32 INTENSS : JP - A touching and deserving dedication to your father. I'm just sorry I haven't been able to hear any of the multitude of stories he has from his ye
34 DB777 : Big congrats to Ed who I knew at MIA before and after the shutdown of Pan Am. He was a real gent to work with and it was an honor to know him back in
35 Post contains links and images RogerThat : Forty years in aviation, that's a remarkable achievement. This is a very nice tribute to your dad, GroundStop. Good Luck in retirement Clipper002. Kee
36 Clipper002 : That was what was called the UTB or Unit Terminal Building. The Worldport took shape after the new additions were added onto the old terminal. Clipper
37 Planespotting : 40 years in one of the most romantic industries in the world. i'll bet that'd be some biography...congrats
38 Post contains images Freedomtofly : Happy retirement days Clipper002!! 40 more years!! . Great thread BTW, put's a smile on my face to hear stories like this. ~Aaron
39 Flyer732 : Just to add a few of my own comments, Ed, thanks for your help in getting me where I am now. You'll be missed around the office. That being said, I wi
40 Chrisjake : an excellent post! congrats out to the whole family! chris
41 Post contains links CitationJet : Thanks for sharing your story. I can relate to your dad's retirement. My father just retired November 2004 after 48 years in the business. He started
42 Post contains images XFSUgimpLB41X : From one aviation family member (and nole fan ) to another... send your dad my congratulations and regards. May he have a wonderful retirement and blu
43 Post contains images TedTAce : My Condolances on this part of the story, I'm glad you all lived to tell the tale Congratulations to your dad and may the best be yet to come!!
44 Boeing764 : Congratulations, I hope he has a long and happy retirement.
45 TrevD : Clipper002, Groundstop - Congrats to you both!! It's a wonderful passion we all share, especially wonderful to be able to share it between parent and
46 ZKSUJ : What an achievement, just awesome. Best of luck to him and please shake his hand on my behalf.
47 TAN FLYR : Clipper002..a toast to you and all the others that made their passion a living for a lifetime!! Here's to ya! TF
48 ATLhomeCMH : Groundstop, I conveyed my "best wishes" to him in another forum recently. Your dad and I have conversed several times through A.net, mostly about WO.
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