On Top Of The Game
This air-tractor ag-plane claws for altitude to get above the powerline located at the end of this canola field, that the pilot had dropped drying chemicals on as he made his pass at 100-140mph.
If you expand the photo, you can follow his path up and over the power line by the chemical trail following the airplane.
Standing where I was, the sound of that 1000 hp gas-turbine engine tied to the prop was sweet music to the ear as the plane climbed out and over the power line.
Needless to say, the pilot of this ag-plane has to be on top of his game.
Years ago when I was a teenager, and my dad was a farmer, we used to use ag-planes to spray our fields.
At the time it was required that two of us were used as markers for the ag-plane pilot to line up on as he began his pass across the field.
Once he was lined up, you paced off the necessary steps to mark the next pass, and also to get out of his way, unless you wanted a chemical bath as he passed your position.
Today, this ag-plane pilot as well as other ag-plane pilots have GPS devices mounted in their ag-planes with a screen showing him the field, and where he has already sprayed, and where to start his next pass over the field......
An ag-plane up close and personal.....
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