Delta Captain honored on final flight

First photo: Kahului Airport firefighters shoot a fountain of water over an arriving Delta Airlines passenger jet to honor retiring Captain Frank Anderson on his final flight for the airline Tuesday morning. It marked the end of 43 years in aviation for the U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, including 32 in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve and 30 with Delta. He retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2009 with the rank of brigadier general. “There are things I’m going to miss about the job,” he said Tuesday, before adding that he was ready to find the next challenge. He and wife Kay own a home in Wailea and that’s why he wanted to end his career with a flight to Maui instead of following standard procedure and ending at his home base, Los Angeles. It took a bit of effort and “jumping through hoops” to make it happen, but in the end, he finished at OGG instead of LAX. Flight attendant Kristy Bobo got on the intercom as the jet neared the island to tell passengers about Anderson and how it was his last flight and that he recently bought a new red Corvette. She then sang Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” “He’s just a class act,” Bobo said. “Just like Frank Sinatra, he did it his way.”

Second photo: Air Force veteran and retiring Delta Airlines Captain Frank Anderson accepts offers of congratulations and other salutations from a long line of passengers departing his final flight – known as a “fini flight” among Air Force pilots – Tuesday morning.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos