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#1449620 Wed Apr 27 2022 04:06 AM
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Was stuck waiting in a road construction zone and there was a fixed wing crop duster working the field on my left. He would almost brush the tops of the of the crop, go under the electric lines on one side of the highway and over the phone lines on the opposite side. I think most pilots try to get away from the ground while these fly toward it. Been a while since I've seen this as most is done with helicopters now. They say the downdraft from the rotor drives the spray down into the crop better but not near as exciting. I didn't see the wheelbarrow he must use to haul his kahoneys.


Evan
coilover #1449623 Wed Apr 27 2022 04:53 AM
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The USAF fighter pilots I worked around for several years always impressed me- - - - -anybody who is willing to strap a blowtorch onto his backside, fly around and let people shoot at him, and do it for the paltry pay they received had to be certifiably nuts! The all volunteer "Wild Weasels" in Thailand who played bumper tag with surface to air missile sites were the craziest crews of all! Glad they're on our side!
Jerry


"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"
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Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!

WAG MORE- - - - - -BARK LESS!
coilover #1449625 Wed Apr 27 2022 09:54 AM
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coilover #1449637 Wed Apr 27 2022 01:22 PM
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Live in corn country, love watching the crop dusters when they're out doing their thing.


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coilover #1449669 Wed Apr 27 2022 04:32 PM
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I would have loved to do this. Actually would still love to learn to do this.


1966 C-10 Step Side. 283, 4spd, 3.73 gear. 60K miles prior to restoration. 507 Paint Code. Currently in 10,000 pieces.
Transmission is done! Rear Suspension is done! Wheels are done! Bed bodywork is done! Soon to order a 383 crate.



coilover #1449710 Wed Apr 27 2022 11:19 PM
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Ferris, I have made that comment to a friend of mine, and his comment if you really wanted you would have. And in his case, he took flying lessons years ago but his wife made him stop. ohwell By the way in the army I passed the fixed-wing test but during Viet Nam, they wanted Helicopter pilots. wave

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WE b OLD #1449758 Thu Apr 28 2022 12:43 PM
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[quote=WE b OLD]Ferris, I have made that comment to a friend of mine, and his comment if you really wanted you would have.

Well I entered a CAP program when I was 14 I think. When my folks realized I could get a pilots license before I got a drivers license they pulled the plug on that. I had a friend in college who was going for a copter license. He went into massive debt to get it.

Nowhere in NH (Where I grew up) or in MT (where I went to college) did they spray. Only seemed to be a mid west thing.

I always said I missed my calling as a race car driver. I realized very young if I went down that road (which my folks would have never supported) I would be bankrupt most likely, and a chance I would be wildly successful. I chose the debt free life, but never hesitated to hop into a race car and give it a try (two times in a real heat race). I did well both times, with only my idiot driving over the years as experience.


1966 C-10 Step Side. 283, 4spd, 3.73 gear. 60K miles prior to restoration. 507 Paint Code. Currently in 10,000 pieces.
Transmission is done! Rear Suspension is done! Wheels are done! Bed bodywork is done! Soon to order a 383 crate.



coilover #1449783 Thu Apr 28 2022 05:39 PM
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Ag planes in California's San Joaquin valley, and in central Arkansas are also used to sow rice fields. Being on a road at the end of one of those runs gets interesting- - - -rice grains raining down at the speed of the airplane can get downright painful, or damage a paint job!
Jerry


"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"
Kris Kristofferson

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!

WAG MORE- - - - - -BARK LESS!
coilover #1450100 Sun May 01 2022 09:34 AM
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For getting a short hop in an airplane I used to hold the pole to mark the next spray pass. Got soaked with all sorts of stuff the lawyers on tv want you to sue for. Now a place near me has made two brothers wealthy making marker dye to guide the dusters. Some how, some way, they will figure how to file a lawsuit on this I'm sure.


Evan
coilover #1450104 Sun May 01 2022 11:26 AM
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My first small plane ride was with a South African missionary bush pilot at our local small airport in the mid-60s. He took my wife and me up in his Cessna. The take-off threshold for the wind was 45, it was at 40 so we took off and he decided to practice his power-off landings. It was like sitting in a hammock.


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