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Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day

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03-21-2013 14:19:13

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Local Crop Duster back when (1970s-early 80s)used to use a helicopter and would land right on the back of a semi flatbed parked next to the field to refill spray tank or refuel. Never landed on the ground. Always thought they could use their skid to turn the page of a book if they weren't fighting a wind. He also used an Ag Cat or Ag Tractor??? airplane for spraying sunflowers at night after the wind went down. Bright lights on the wings and a vehicle at each end of the field with a beacon on the cab top to line up on for each pass. After each pass the vehicle would pull ahead x number of feet for the next run. Sure was something to watch in the dark of night.

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03-21-2013 16:17:25

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 Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day in reply to Straw Boss, 03-21-2013 14:19:13  
1-Upper. Navy exercise in the Bell H-13 was to use a bottle opener taped to the skid to pop the cap off a coke bottle standing in a pipe buried in the ground.Takes about three broken bottles to do it. Edit those out!

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03-21-2013 15:20:06

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 Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day in reply to Straw Boss, 03-21-2013 14:19:13  
We had a local that sprayed with a helicopter. He would rest one skid on the supply truck bed and balance while they refilled the tanks. One day he lost it and did a lot of damage. It turned out that the guy was 80 years old!

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