from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process of spraying crops with powdered insecticides or fungicides from an airplane.

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  • n. The application of fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides onto crops from an aircraft

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  • n. the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops (often from a low-flying aircraft)


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  • Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta got its start as a crop-dusting operation in the deep South.

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  • And the 9/11 hijackers had looked into purchasing crop-dusting planes in the States that they believed might be suitable for dispersing chemical or biological agents.

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  • Stuart Speiser 1923-2010 Attorney Stuart Speiser was a onetime crop-dusting pilot who helped establish the field of aviation tort law by litigating some of the deadliest crashes in history.

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  • Famous, mostly for doing something marvelous and strange, like flying around the world in a two-seater plane with a blind pilot, crop-dusting various developing nations with rations of dented canned goods and deodorantā€”a sign that he had been listening to me the whole time.

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  • "They are crop-dusting," they said, almost glibly.

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  • Pilots are drawn to crop-dusting not only for the money, but also for the chance to be their own bosses and to do the kind of low-altitude flying and stuntlike maneuvers one wouldn't dream of performing in a big jet.

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  • Jonathan Welsh/The Wall Street Journal Dusty Dowd, in one of his crop-dusting planes The torture is worthwhile because "aerial application" -- the name many pilots prefer to "crop-dusting" -- is a hot field, thanks in part to the recent farming boom.

    Flying Low Is Flying High

  • -- In a tough job market for the aviation industry, demand for one niche is booming: crop-dusting.

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  • It started as a tiny aerial crop-dusting company formed to wipe out the dreaded boll weevil.

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  • In 1953, after having earned its wings at crop-dusting, the airline pulled off what was then considered one of the most important deals since the beginning of airline transportation: it acquired Chicago and Southern Air Lines, adding routes to the Midwest and Caribbean.

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