American Airlines Mechanic, 87, Still Working After 70 Years On The Job

American Airlines mechanic
American Airlines mechanic



By Karen Matthews


NEW YORK -- American Airlines is celebrating the seven-decade service of a New York mechanic who turns 87 next month and has no plans to retire.

Azriel "Al" Blackman was 16 when he started as an apprentice mechanic in July of 1942, long before bag fees, airport security or even the introduction of the jet engine. He was paid 50 cents an hour.