Gap Fill - Working Age - Level 6


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An airline worker in the USA has broken the record for the world's longest-serving airline mechanic. Azriel Blackman, 91, started in 1942 at the age of 16. He has now been working for 75 years. His salary was 50 cents an hour. The still works five days a week. He clocks on before 5am at an American Airlines at JFK International Airport in New York. His means his employers prevent him from doing certain tasks for safety . He is not allowed to scale ladders, drive on the and surrounding areas, or use certain tools. He is responsible for assessing the maintenance of the airplanes that have been parked in the hangars .

Mr Blackman's record has been recognized for his to his job. His employer dedicated a plane in his at a ceremony at JFK. His signature was painted in letters on the front of one of the airline's Boeing 777 aircraft. Blackman said: "I'm just honored to be here. I'm to be a mechanic." The 91-year-old received a standing from his fellow colleagues and managers at the . Reporters asked him about the behind his record. He said: "When you like what you do, it's not work. When asked about , he said: "That's not up to me. That's up to the man . The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is I say 'thank you for day'."

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