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An author genuinely familiar with the upper regions chooses an unusual though less glamorous aspect of flying in this book about a boy who reluctantly accepts a job as a crop duster in the agricultural areas of Arizona. The desire to fly was Richey Martin's one obsession in life, yet all of his efforts to save money amounted to nil when the established flying outfits refused to hire a boy so young and with so few actual flying hours to his credit. Despondently answering a small ad placed by Reese Aviation, Richey is doubly disappointed to find that even a company of crop dusters would not let him fly. Deciding to remain anyway, Richey finally does hop aboard only to find an enormous challenge in this supposedly mental work. We follow him through the various stages of crop dusting and are increasingly impressed by the skill required to keep our nation's crops edible. Richey must deal with techniques of ""bombing"", the dangers of lethal chemicals, and exact timing coordination. As a sideline, he rescues flood victims and helps control a forest fire. The art of a deceptively thrilling profession will surely interest a masculine audience that recognizes Richey's kind of drive.

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 1961
Publisher: Chilton