OWLS HEAD — Even though he has worked at the Knox County Regional Airport for 60 years, Robert Stenger Jr. has never taken up flying.

Stenger was recognized Saturday, Oct. 22, at a retirement party at the airport terminal. His final day of work will be Nov. 12.

Stenger works for Cape Air which is the primary carrier serving the region. Cape Air has flown out of the airport in Owls Head since 2008 and was recently awarded another four-year contract with the federal government to continue that service.

Stenger started 60 years ago with the original Downeast Air, which his father, Robert Stenger Sr., operated.

“I never took up flying, I do all the jobs that are needed on the ground,” he said.

Little has changed over the decades with the airport busier in the summer and less so in the winter, he said. One change expected soon is an electric-powered airplane to be used by Cape Air for Knox County.