Crop duster and flagman

DUSTER 6 of 14

The pilots were mostly young men, many of them home from Viet Nam, working as dusters as a way to retain their wings. I could think of them as “aviators,” a term, archaic today, which once conveyed the aura of romance associated with their profession. When producers of the Howard Hughes bio-film choose the title “The Aviator,” they sought to resurrect that romance.

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