AP PHOTOS: Flight attendant's 63 years in the sky

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In this Oct. 9, 1950 photo provided by his family, Ron Akana, top row at left, stands at a ceremony with crew mates and the Aloha Week king and queen in Honolulu honoring United Airlines' inaugural flight to Los Angeles. Akana, 83, worked his last route over the weekend on a United Airlines flight from Denver to Kauai, ending his career in the state where it began.  Hawaii, however, wasn't his final stop. His destination is retirement in Boulder, Colo., where he has been living since 2002 to be closer to his grandchildren. He spent his first few days of retirement writing thank-you notes to well-wishers.  Guinness World Records sent Akana a plaque recognizing him as the longest-serving flight attendant. He's been told he'll appear in the record book in October.  (AP Photo/Courtesy of Jean Akana-Lewis)

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An 83-year-old United Airlines flight attendant is ending his career in the Guinness World Records book after 63 years in the skies.

Ron Akana, of Boulder, Colo., started his career in Hawaii and ended it there over the weekend after serving aboard a flight from Denver to Kauai with his daughter, Jean Akana-Lewis, who is also a flight attendant and has been working 23 years.

Here's a gallery of photos of Akana through his career, which began in December 1949.

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