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Pilot can hardly hold it together during heartfelt retirement speech on his final flight

After a remarkable journey of 32 years soaring through the skies with American Airlines, Captain Jeff Fell embarked on his very last flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Chicago. Before he took the jet into the clouds for the final time, he paused to share the moment with his passengers.

In a touching scene captured by passenger Justin Harrison, Captain Fell lovingly addresses the passengers, dedicating a few special words to “a group of really important people” who were sharing this memorable flight with him.

“They’re the majority of my family who’ve come along with me on my retirement flight,” he continued. “Thank you all for coming along with me tonight and celebrating this very memorable time in my life. I love all of you.”

Fell then fought back the tears as he thanked his “wonderful wife,” Julie, saying that she’s “the solid rock in our foundation in our lives and our marriage” and that he looks forward to spending the “next chapter” of their lives together.

Priviliged to have been there for this 🫡

@realjharrison

priviliged to have been there for this 🫡 #americanairlines #retirement #fypシ

The video struck a chord with people, earning over 3.3 million views in just 5 days.

After the video went viral, Harrison posted a follow-up confirming that Fell had received an honorable water cannon salute on the runway. As a sign of respect for retiring aviators, firefighting vehicles shoot plumes of water over the runway for the plane to travel under as it taxis down the runway.

Good luck Captain Fell wherever the next journey in your life takes you.

@realjharrison

Replying to @Sara Harrison

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