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With the departure of early model jumbo jets from the air in Japan, veteran flight engineer Kanemitsu Nakagawa is filled with a sense of loss for his longtime “girlfriend.”

“I feel lonely,” Nakagawa, 52, said before the last flight of a Boeing 747-300 Friday. Looking back on his nearly 30-year career at Japan Airlines Corp., he reveals his deep affection for manually controlled airplanes.

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