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After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sat May 07, 2005 2:07 pm

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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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sat May 07, 2005 2:11 pm

Wow, 40 years of flying the worlds skys, what an achievement.
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sat May 07, 2005 2:23 pm

Groundstop,
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....
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sat May 07, 2005 5:16 pm

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.
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sat May 07, 2005 5:24 pm

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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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sat May 07, 2005 8:15 pm

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.
 
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sat May 07, 2005 8:22 pm

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.
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sat May 07, 2005 8:27 pm

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.
 
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sat May 07, 2005 8:43 pm

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.
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sat May 07, 2005 9:02 pm

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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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sat May 07, 2005 9:05 pm

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.
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sat May 07, 2005 9:08 pm

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.)
 
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sat May 07, 2005 9:51 pm

Congratulations for a job well done!
 
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sat May 07, 2005 9:56 pm

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.
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 12:19 am

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.
 
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Sun May 08, 2005 1:40 am

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.

Rgds,
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 2:21 am

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!

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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 3:20 am

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.
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 4:02 am

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!!
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 4:34 am

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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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 5:50 am

A big Salute to your dad aswell.
 
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 6:15 am

Congratulations and a big salute for all the work he has done!
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 8:15 am

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!
 
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 10:01 am

Quoting Clipper002 (Reply 15):

Did you receive the water cannon salute?
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 10:45 am

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
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 10:50 am

Quoting 777ER (Reply 23):
Did you receive the water cannon salute?

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 dispatch/operational guys retires, the water cannon salute leaves the office really messy, and short circuits all of the computers...  Wink

Enjoy your retirement Ed...  Wink
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 10:56 am

Congratulations Clipper002, (and way to go Groundstop, nice post )

I thought it was always great seeing PanAm planes around, especially at JFK. A legend in its day.


Hope the the times ahead are good ones, whether retirement or whatever else they may turn out to be.
 
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 11:00 am

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

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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 11:38 am

That's pretty cool that you are all involved in the aviation industry. Congrats to your father!
 
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 12:43 pm

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 to put into words. It was possibly the most exclusive fraternity ever to exist. I wish you and yours only the very best in the future....your father has definitely earned it! And the family of employees with World Airways are another very experienced and special group. Warmest regards.
 
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 12:59 pm

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 and his sons have. In a world like today's, their pride in family and vocation is so refreshing.

And it's also delightful to see the World's Toughest Audience respond in such a uniformly-kind and respectful way.

I am looking forward to many more years of reading the knowledgeable, even-keeled posts of Clipper002 and GroundStop.

My best to you and your families.

--Bill

[Edited 2005-05-08 05:59:47]
 
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 1:06 pm

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 25):
Besides, when one of us dispatch/operational guys retires, the water cannon salute leaves the office really messy, and short circuits all of the computers...

Well I don't think a water cannon salute would be a good idea after all, maybe a normal hand salute
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 1:18 pm

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 years in the industry being so close to him the past 8 months at World.

Ed - I wish you the best in your retirement....and I'm sure just because you won't directly be in the industry, your sons will keep you abreast through the new millenium.

Once again, congratulations Ed.

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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 2:25 pm

Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 17):
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.

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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Sun May 08, 2005 3:27 pm

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 the early 90's. Additional congrats to Ed and his wife for raising two fine sons who will somewhat take his place in the airline biz.

Enjoy a nice long retirement Ed, you have surely earned it. Let me know by e-mail where you're moving to.

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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Mon May 09, 2005 1:16 am

Forty years in aviation, that's a remarkable achievement. This is a very nice tribute to your dad, GroundStop. Good Luck in retirement Clipper002. Keep sharing your experiences with us here on a.net.


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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Mon May 09, 2005 5:17 am

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 002 was always a B707 that left JFK at 1900L. The a/c first came out of a check in the morning and was assigned to flights 132/133 JFK/BDA/JFK. That way when it got back from BDA, maintenance had a chance to fix the squawks before it set out on its 2 1/2 day journey around the world. If I can recall correctly the configuration for this flight was 32/96. Those were the glory days of Pan AM.

Rgds,
Ed

P.S. A thank you to one and all, I'm more than humbled at the responses that came in. I only wish I could go out and do it all over again.

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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Mon May 09, 2005 6:00 am

40 years in one of the most romantic industries in the world.

i'll bet that'd be some biography...congrats
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Mon May 09, 2005 8:53 am

Happy retirement days Clipper002!! 40 more years!!  Wink. Great thread BTW, put's a smile on my face to hear stories like this.

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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Mon May 09, 2005 10:26 am

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 wish I could have gotten some free time to hear some more of the stories about the PanAm days that I've only gotten second hand from JP.

But I'm sure you'll be kept in the loop via JP, and still get to hear all the goings on of both companies.

Enjoy!
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Mon May 09, 2005 10:48 am

an excellent post! congrats out to the whole family!


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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Mon May 09, 2005 11:43 am

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 in 1956 with Braniff in Norfolk, NE as a ticket agent with DC-3s. He worked for Braniff until Braniff's shutdown in May 1982. In fact he was a non-rev on the last Braniff flight to operate, BN 747 N601BN Flight 502 from HNL to DFW which landed May 13, 1982 the day AFTER Braniff declared bankruptcy. The story of the flight is documented in the following site:
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Mon May 09, 2005 12:24 pm

From one aviation family member (and nole fan  Smile ) to another... send your dad my congratulations and regards. May he have a wonderful retirement and blue skies always.
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Mon May 09, 2005 12:39 pm

Quoting GroundStop (Thread starter):
moved to MIA

My Condolances on this part of the story, I'm glad you all lived to tell the tale  Smile
Congratulations to your dad and may the best be yet to come!!
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Mon May 09, 2005 12:48 pm

Congratulations, I hope he has a long and happy retirement.
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Mon May 09, 2005 2:28 pm

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 child.

Best to both of you, and best wishes to Ed in retirement...

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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Mon May 09, 2005 7:26 pm

What an achievement, just awesome. Best of luck to him and please shake his hand on my behalf.
 
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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Mon May 09, 2005 10:36 pm

Clipper002..a toast to you and all the others that made their passion a living for a lifetime!!

Here's to ya!


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RE: After 40 Years, My Father Retired Today

Mon May 09, 2005 11:19 pm

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. I flew home from Iraq on WO and was really impressed with them. He was a wealth of information about the industry.

To be in the airline industry for 40 years is really an incredible feat and I don't think any of us could give him enough applause.
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