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

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

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