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tonyturley

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Nov 24, 2014
124
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Too old at 60! what is the world coming to. That seems a bit much to a 73 year old but then again I did retire at 60!
LOL. I'm planning to retire this Autumn, too. In our profession, we are not eligible to work the operations after age 56. I'll have 32 years of service at my retirement. That's enough for me - time for a new chapter. There was an article in our agency newsletter not long ago about an agency employee that retired at 47 years of service! I cannot in any universe imagine working at my job another 15 years.
 

tonyturley

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Nov 24, 2014
124
Scott Depot, WV, USA
I can retire at 66 yrs. old from my job in October. My Director has me signed up for 5 more. Her timetable and mine are not even in the same Hemisphere. It's good to be loved but...….
My supervisor is trying his darndest to talk me out of retiring this year. I've accused him of secretly plotting with my wife, who also isn't fond of the idea. They both laugh when I suggest they are conspiring together, but I wonder . . .
 

nippa

Top Veteran
Aug 7, 2010
104
Cheshire UK
I am technically an Air Traffic Controller, but I'm timed out age wise. I have my thumbs in all sorts of pies: Quality Control and Training, Airspace and Procedures, Automation, even some IT here and there.
Nice surprise to hear from another controller ; we're as rare as hen's teeth.
I worked for the UK NATS for 42 years at the UK's Major Airports and Centres then retired at 60 although we can stay longer.
It's a young man's game though.
 

Mike G

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Oct 7, 2016
124
West London
I applaud your decision to call it a day, time for you and your wife to enjoy each other’s company.
When I retired from the U.K. civil Service at 60, in 2006, we made plans to travel and enjoy each other’s company, but alas my Mrs developed an incurable cancer in 2008 and passing away in 2010, Tony, I wish you and your wife many years of being together in mutual happiness!
 

tonyturley

Hall of Famer
Nov 24, 2014
124
Scott Depot, WV, USA
I applaud your decision to call it a day, time for you and your wife to enjoy each other’s company.
When I retired from the U.K. civil Service at 60, in 2006, we made plans to travel and enjoy each other’s company, but alas my Mrs developed an incurable cancer in 2008 and passing away in 2010, Tony, I wish you and your wife many years of being together in mutual happiness!
Thanks Mike. I am sorry for the loss of your wife. Mine survived a bout with kidney cancer 6 years ago, although it cost her part of one kidney. So far, her follow-up screens have been clean.

I agree with Tim. I know I have 20-30 years left, maybe less. Time to move on and make the most of our final years together. She's not ready to retire, but I have a lot of things to keep me busy. I like to stay engaged. Hiking, biking, photography, building stringed musical instruments, pyrography. I've talked to several people who have retired from our facility, and they've all said their activities in retirement keep them so busy they have no idea how they ever had time to work. I have a feeling that will be me.
 

Mike G

All-Pro
Oct 7, 2016
124
West London
Thanks Mike. I am sorry for the loss of your wife. Mine survived a bout with kidney cancer 6 years ago, although it cost her part of one kidney. So far, her follow-up screens have been clean.

I agree with Tim. I know I have 20-30 years left, maybe less. Time to move on and make the most of our final years together. She's not ready to retire, but I have a lot of things to keep me busy. I like to stay engaged. Hiking, biking, photography, building stringed musical instruments, pyrography. I've talked to several people who have retired from our facility, and they've all said their activities in retirement keep them so busy they have no idea how they ever had time to work. I have a feeling that will be me.
Yes it was devastating to lose my better half of 44 years, but as the saying goes life goes on!
I do know that after retirement there are just not enough hours in the day get it all done, the people you talked to are quite right!
 

Covey22

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Feb 3, 2012
124
Lakotas and Sea Stallions. It'll be interesting to see how the Navy figures out the "K" upgrade situation. The Es are long in the tooth and figure prominently in several bad operational accidents.
 

tonyturley

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Nov 24, 2014
124
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Some hot refueling ops happening over the past few days.

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