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High on flying low

from Saskatoon StarPhoenix

On a chilly fall morning in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Fran De Kock straps himself into his favourite airplane, a big yellow Air Tractor 504. After pulling on his helmet and running through the pre-flight checks, he opens the throttle. Moments later, the ungainly aircraft separates itself from the ground, its nose pointing into the watery September sun. Not for long. After cranking the Air Tractor into a steep climbing turn, De Kock pushes forward on the control column. The nose dips and the airspeed indicator inches toward 140 miles per hour. more


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