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Retiring pilot honored with water cannon salute at Anchorage airport

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: September 12
  • Published September 11

Retiring Northern Air Cargo pilot Wally Niles of Wasilla received a water cannon salute Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, while taxiing a Boeing 737-300 to the ramp at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport after a flight from King Salmon. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Longtime Northern Air Cargo pilot Wally Niles of Wasilla made his last flight just days before his 65th birthday on Tuesday. FAA regulations require retirement at 65.

Niles’ career was more than 39 years, flying for the company based at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Niles began working for NAC in March 1980 and flew the DC-6, Boeing 727, Boeing 737 and Fairchild “Flying Boxcar.”

He received a water cannon salute while taxiing the Boeing 737-300 to the NAC ramp after a flight from King Salmon.

Retiring Northern Air Cargo pilot Wally Niles of Wasilla made his last flight on Tuesday, just days before his 65th birthday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Retiring Northern Air Cargo pilot Wally Niles parks a Boeing 737-300 after his last on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Longtime Northern Air Cargo pilot Wally Niles was greeted by coworkers after making his last flight for the company on Tuesday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

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