It’s not often that we meet people who have been doing the same job their entire life. It does take a lot of commitment and dedication to be doing something for over 40 years, doesn’t it?

A video of a pilot’s farewell speech to his passengers is so heart-melting that it has been seen over 18 million times on TikTok only. It has been recently shared by author and former American athlete Lewis Howes after it was shared on YouTube in January of last year.

Before he takes the Delta Airlines passenger on the final flight of his life, Captain Conrad turns to them and says: “Before I go, I just want to ask you a quick question. Can I see a show of hands, how many people here were born before 1976?”

Decide

As a number of hands go up, the pilot says jokingly: “Oh we got a lot of old people on this plane. I’m disappointed.” He then continues his speech explaining how his career started back in 1976 with his first training flight in the Air Force, at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. “[And] 43 years later, and eight different aeroplanes, and about 10,000-12,000 flights and 25,000 hours of flying,” he says, “I’m glad to have you here on my last flight.”

The passengers cheer him with a huge round of applause as he admits that he feels emotional because it is hard to hang up after so much time.

“Anyway, in case you’re wondering if we’re going to have a good flight, we are, because I have my wife here,” he adds, to chuckles from passengers, “so this is probably going to be the safest flight you’ve ever been on”.

What a touching moment. We wish Captain Conrad a happy retirement.

You can see the video below.

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