Last week, I drove 3 hours south to Colfax, Washington to fly my good friend Kelly’s de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk. South eastern Washington is incredibly gorgeous. There are rolling hills of wheat, Garbanzo beans, and peas as far as the eye can see. Kelly is a crop duster in the area. Coming from the south, I always thought crop dusting would be a blast – not up here. After flying a few low passes, those rolling hills are much steeper then they appear from the ground. Keeping in mind a crop duster must stay only a few feet above the terrain and they are usually loaded overweight, I can see why this area is one of the most dangerous places to spray. It sure is pretty, but I’ll leave the crop dusting for someone else!
Thanks again for the flight Kelly!