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Mechanic works 75 years to break record






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A worker has broken the world record for the longest-serving airline mechanic. Azriel Blackman, 91, started work in 1942, aged 16 and has worked for 75 years. His starting salary was 50 cents an hour. He works five days a week at JFK International Airport. His age means he can't do some tasks for safety reasons. He can't climb up ladders, drive on the runways or use certain tools. He is responsible for checking the maintenance the airplanes need.

Mr Blackman has been recognized for his work. American Airlines painted his signature on the front of a Boeing 777. The 91-year-old received a standing ovation from his colleagues. Reporters asked him about the secret behind his record. He said: "I'm proud to be a mechanic….When you like what you do, it's not work." When reporters asked him about retirement, he said: "That's not up to me. That's up to the man upstairs."

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