Capt. Clifford D. Strat's comments show that a reality check is in order. Most pilots nearing 60 need to keep working after having suffered the slings and arrows of an undisciplined and sloppy industry as it transitioned to market-economy rule. Included, for example, are Eastern pilots who fell on their swords to "protect the profession" and now need a couple of years to build up some more savings before hanging it up. Their union, which promised them so much, delivered so little after ...

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