Mandy Moore Celebrates Dad’s ‘Last Flight’ as American Airline Pilot After 42 Years

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Actress Mandy Moore has shared adorable photos of her dad’s final flight before retiring, and it’s pretty emotional…

After fourty-two years as an American Airlines pilot, “captain Don” is finally embracing life on solid ground…

Mandy Moore took to Instagram to share a series of photos to honor the end of her dad, Donald’s, incredible career.

“My dad, Captain Don, is on his last flight as an @americanair captain. It’s the end of an era for our family,” she captioned her post which has over 200k likes…

She shared photos of their celebration, along with a snapshot of the cake they had made for him, with the message: “The Legend Has Retired” and “We’ll Miss You.”

“After 42 years at the company, he’s reached the mandatory retirement age (65) and he’s saying goodbye to a career that he’s always claimed felt more like a hobby,” Moore continued.

“To have spent 2/3 of your life at one job; to have raised 3 children and made a living doing something you’re so deeply passionate about is an absolute gift. I hope you’re proud, Dad…. because there are so many of us who sure are celebrating this milestone.”

Donald’s retirement comes just 10 months after Moore and her husband, Taylor Goldsmith welcomed their son August Harrison at the start of the year…

And she pointed out her excitement at them being able to spend some quality time together, writing that she can’t wait for her dad’s “next chapter” and “all of the unfiltered Grandpa time Gus is about to experience!!”

Many congratulated Donald on his retirement and what an accomplishment it is for him to do what he loves all his life…

One flight attendant, that previously worked with him, commented on the new mom’s post, writing: “I am a flight attendant for AA, your dad is such a joy to fly with as well at Marz is also!!! Wishing Don all the best in his next chapter!! 
@mandymooremm you have an awesome family!! Enjoy your dad’s last flight!!”

While another commented: “Congratulations to your wondrous dad Don! Please thank him for keeping thousands of us safe for so many decades. #forever grateful”

We hope he enjoys a long and happy retirement!