On January 28, American Airlines pilot Captain Jeff Rowland retired and took his Boeing 787 down the runway for the last time. Rowland was a pilot for American Airlines for 33 years and accumulated 28,000+ flight hours over 10,000+ flights.
Sam Farmer, a reporter for the LA Times, was a passenger on the pilot’s last flight and shared a letter on Twitter that was given out. Farmer explained the plane was filled with balloons and streamers and Rowland’s family was seated in first class for his final takeoff. When they landed in Dallas, they were greeted by a celebratory arch of water cannons.