Friday's Fabulous Flyer!
Sometimes, there is no such thing as a traditional career in aviation, but a life filled with adventure. Rusty actually flew for more airlines than I have, but we have worn similar uniforms on a couple occasions. The brief synopsis of his career below, makes me think... Those who say they've been lucky and worked for one airline their entire career, I wonder who has been the lucky one. Experience and adventure of an aviator often takes you on many journeys... and if you're lucky, none of them are the same.
"I was basically a lucky 21 year old A&P Mechanic with very little flying experience who got hired as a 707 S/O at my first airline, TWA, in 1965."
A lifetime of Adventure:
"That TWA job only lasted a couple of years. I then went to Continental and was furloughed again after 2 years. (The old feast or famine cycles of the airline industry!) I went to Iran Air for the next 9 years, and came back before the revolution, and became a non-sked bum.
Cargolux, Lufthansa, Maverick, AeroAmerica, NY Air, Evergreen, Hawaii Express, Tower Air, Cargolux again, and finally United! (There were a few other airlines that hired me in between, but never got off the ground!)
I went to Boeing after age 60 retirement as a 787/777 Instructor Pilots. I flew Phenoms for Jetsuite (FAR-135) for 6 years, till I couldn't take it anymore. Two years ago I got lucky and found this corporate job. My boss hardly ever flies, but he pays me to stay home and surf! (And here I am complaining again!)
The only reason I still fly is because the United CEO needed my retirement more than I did! A lot of my UA buds are doing the same thing I do because they don't qualify as a Walmart greeter! Well, with 34,000 hours, B-787 /777 /767 /757 /747 /737 /727 /720 /707 /DC-10/-9/-8/ EMB-500... "