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Wow, Ron, an incredible find. Now THAT is what I do agree with you is a REAL pilot. Loved those 'skipping' the irrigators. Some verve, some skill.

 

Kudos to you for locating this. Am just about to Fwd it to a lapsed pilot friend.

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Lots of crop dusting where I grew up.  One summer morning just down the road a duster was doing his job on a field with hazards on all sides.  We could hear him flying back and forth when suddenly our electricity went out with a POP.  Not a second later we heard a big THUD and then silence--no more airplane.  My brother and I tore outside, jumped on our bikes and headed toward the field.  

 

Sure enough, he'd hit the power lines on the field's south perimeter as he was descending for a run. Fortunately, he was able to walk away uninjured but the aircraft was unrecognizable as such and was smoldering away in the middle of the field.

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how does that saying go... "there is old pilots, and there is bold pilots... but there are no old bold pilots..."

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When I was a young kid my family went on a vacation to Florida. We stopped at a town somewhere at a great uncles home which was right across the road from a airport. The first thing I spotted was what to me appeared as 'big' was a really funky looking yellow airplane. Next I spotted the man sitting on the porch staring at the plane. I have never seen such a broken hearted man since. We and stayed an hour or so and he never moved never spoke. Mom and Dad went inside for a while and then we left. I asked about the man on the porch. Great uncle Ralph was a crop duster pilot, that was his airplane and he had just been permanently grounded because of a heart condition. I never heard any more of him or about him.

 

We have a few crop dusting outfits around here in Northwest Ohio. I got a chance once to pull over on a small country road upwind of a field that was being dusted. I got out and watched. What a treat that was! When the pilot was finished he flew down the road to where we parked and buzzed us as I waved and gave a big thumbs up. He turned back towards us and gave us a big exaggerated wing wave as he passed then disappeared over the trees.

 

 

 


One of the best Crop Dusting clips I have seen.

 

Thank you for sharing this! Great!

 

Regards,

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I live in London Ohio. We have a county airport just a few miles from our house. Air Tractors fly out of there all season. They will sometimes fly over my house at about 500' on the way to the next field.

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I sure wish that camera phones had existed back in the early 1980's. On my very first visit to my parent's new home on South Estero Island (aka: Ft. Myers Beach, FL), I was awakened about 5:00am by what sounded like a multi-engined prop plane buzzing the house!

 

I jumped out of bed, dragged on my pants quickly, and dashed out to the driveway just in time to see a DC3 doing a knife-edge between two tall condominiums! "Holy Smokes!" I thought, "that's a lot of smoke trailing him. I wonder if he's on fire?" :p0504:

 

Nope. He made a few more passes back and forth, then turned and flew off to the East, heading back to the mainland. When I asked my dad about it over breakfast, he said "Oh! That's just the mosquito control spraying..." :He He:

 

I have to wonder though what the folks living in those two condo towers thought about it all. Must have scared them the first time it happened! :LMAO:

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Aah, memories, Fr Bill, and the lack of technology then to capture what's now locked in brain cells. I bet you'll remember that for a long time.

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I sure wish that camera phones had existed back in the early 1980's. On my very first visit to my parent's new home on South Estero Island (aka: Ft. Myers Beach, FL), I was awakened about 5:00am by what sounded like a multi-engined prop plane buzzing the house!

 

I jumped out of bed, dragged on my pants quickly, and dashed out to the driveway just in time to see a DC3 doing a knife-edge between two tall condominiums! "Holy Smokes!" I thought, "that's a lot of smoke trailing him. I wonder if he's on fire?" :p0504:

 

Nope. He made a few more passes back and forth, then turned and flew off to the East, heading back to the mainland. When I asked my dad about it over breakfast, he said "Oh! That's just the mosquito control spraying..." :He He:

 

I have to wonder though what the folks living in those two condo towers thought about it all. Must have scared them the first time it happened! :LMAO:

That must have been some site! I wonder if the pilots descendants went on to fly in the Congo. (Search "Pilots of the Congo" on You Tube for some great DC-3 Flying)  

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Check this one out  ---  and read the comments below the video!!!

 

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I love it and the comments. Notice how much rudder he kicks. Who is this Pilot?

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