Home Airports: Minden Nevada, 4700 MSL, South Haven Michigan, 660 MSL.
Army and Air Force from '57 to '60. Loved the T-34, but washed out of Primary School in Bartow, Florida. My supportive wife and Ag Aviation Academy got me back behind the stick and rudder.
50% Scottish, 25% Belgian, and 25% English = 100% U.S.A.
Delta Air Lines began as a crop dusting operation in the south named Huff Daland Dusters. This company, later became Delta Air Service; then Delta Air Lines!
Ag-Pilot International magazine: http://apijournal.com/
Witnessing the Republicans and the Democrats bicker over the U.S. debt is analogous to watching two drunks argue over a bar bill on the Titanic.
I called the suicide hot line the other day. When they found out I was 73, they tried to talk me into it!!
The next time you get the urge to fly into that pretty mist at the top of a thunderstorm cell....... remember that it consists of golf balls, billiard balls, baseballs, and the occasional grapefruit....all made of ice!
Thanks to the internet, you can get hopelessly in debt without ever leaving your house.
I used to be indecisive, but now, I’m not so sure.
When I was in the hospital due to a tree that wouldn't get out of the way during a swath run, my six year old granddaughter came to the hospital with her Mother to visit her Grandpa. When they got to the hospital, she ran ahead of her Mother and burst into my room saying excitedly "Grandpa, Grandpa, as soon as Mama comes into the room, make a noise like a frog!"
"What?", I said.
"Make a noise like a frog - - because Mama said that as soon as you croak, we're all going to Disney Land !
An agent from the Bureau of Indian Affairs attending a tribal council, had just explained the benefit of daylight saving time. After which, the old Lakota Sioux Chief remarked, "Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket."
Thanks to the guys who invented the impulse magneto! (Makes a hot spark when you need to start the engine by pulling the prop through by hand.)
I hate to admit it, but my cooking is SO BAD, the flies are trying to repair the screen door!! And, any leftovers have to be trucked down to Yucca Mountain for disposal. A few days ago, I left some dental floss in the kitchen and the roaches started hanging themselves. Now, the weevils from the flour bag have organized into a union and are picketing in the kitchen!
The smell of av gas and the sound of a radial engine makes me grin like a Georgia possum.
We just child-proofed our house ........ but, they still get in!
TYPICAL RADIAL ENGINE TAKEOFF RUN....Expect banging, belching and an occasional manly fart as you roar down the runway at full power. (I have found that the engine can make similar noises)
Thanks to our Kootenai Indian friend who repaired my Mother's car on a desert road many years ago.
Bo Weevil's ag flying observation #17: The pilot is most likely to sneeze when flying under the power lines ! (Been there, done that.)
Tex Ritter recorded a great song about the Boll Weevil....look it up online.
Rotorcraft are not to be trusted.....the wings are flying faster than the fuselage!
I started out with nuthin'.....and I still have most of it!
Never fly between thunderstorm cells unless someone is shooting at you.
There is a dog that sticketh closer than a brother........his name, "Ranger" ; Army Airborne Ranger, that is!
Every farmer is outstanding in his own field........probably watching a cropduster.
Anyone who flies dangerously close to the ground and applies chemicals to your food can't be all bad!
Home airport: South Haven, Michigan. Flew ag in S Mich, NW Ohio, N Indiana. Most enjoyable and most dangerous work.
I'm "retired" now. That means I was tired yesterday, and I'm tired again today!
At my age, almost everything hurts.....and things that don't hurt, don't work!
The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.
Liberals aren't, Conservatives don't, and Independents are only kidding themselves!
The primary function of the propeller is to keep the pilot cool. When it stops turning in flight, the pilot sweats!
You can always tell a bombardier by his keen eyesight. You can always tell a navigator by his math skills. You can always tell a pilot......but you can't tell him much!
During a slow news day, a local TV station sent a reporter to do a story about our crop dusting operation. Eventually, the reporter asked me if I would want to die while flying, you know - - "while doing something you love". That question ticked me off, so I replied; "Hell, no; that's not only dumb, it's sick ! I want to go quietly, in my sleep, same as my grandfather. Not screaming and hollering like the people in the car he was driving !"
A salute to ag pilots who have flown West, and to their families who have had to deal with the loss. May God comfort and bless.
A wish for you: May the runway rise gently to meet your wheels, and the wind on final be smooth from 12 o'clock. (Old Scottish aviator saying.)
Mixture: Idle cutoff.