Most of the crop dusting aircraft I'm used to seeing are old biplanes, Piper Pawnees (though they mostly tow gliders and banners), and the Cessna Ag series. But I noticed this photo in my uncle's Flickr photostream.

Apparently they're using C-130s to spray for Mosquitos!

That's rather impressive. It also feels like it could, just maybe, be construed as typical government overkill. :-) But even so, it goes to show just how damned versatile the C-130 Hercules really is.

Posted by jzawodn at September 26, 2006 11:43 AM

Reader Comments
# Danny Sullivan said:

They just drop actual people over my house

Well, they drop them about a mile away. My house just makes a nice landmark for them to lineup on :)

on September 26, 2006 12:18 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:


Let's just hope they don't mis-judge the wind and end up on your roof, huh? :-)

on September 26, 2006 12:29 PM
# Drew Nevelos said:

They are using a plane like that in Wellington Florida. The first time I saw it was just after 9/11 and it was a bit disconcerting to have a plane that large flying that low over a residential area spraying chemicals!

on September 26, 2006 01:17 PM
# Stephan said:

Wow. That had to be a loud experience. The C-130 is not a quiet aircraft. Very cool though!

I remember sitting at the end of the runway at Altus Air Force base a few years ago and watching the C-17s, C-5s, and C-130s do touch-and-go's all day. I love it. Watching the C-5 coming in for landing happens in slow motion, kind of like a 747 or 777.

on September 26, 2006 01:55 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Yeah, we get C-130s doing landing practice at Moffett Field, right next door to Yahoo. They often end up flying right over out buildings pretty low.

on September 26, 2006 01:58 PM
# Stephan said:

Another reason I worked at Yahoo and lived in Mountain View. ;-)

on September 26, 2006 02:09 PM
# Stephan said:

Wow, should definitely read what I write before hitting "Post".

Should have read "Another reason I wanted to work at Yahoo and live in Mountain View."

on September 26, 2006 02:10 PM
# Richard Zwicky said:

HI Jeremy,

Did you see the L-1011 they used to fight the forest fires over the weekend?



on September 26, 2006 03:21 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:


I did see the CDF guys flying out of Hollister, though.

on September 26, 2006 03:51 PM
# Florist UK said:

Maybe the mosquitoes were heavily armed… what do we know?

on September 27, 2006 01:46 AM
# The Duck said:

Hi Jeremy,

Yup, interesting to see they were using C-130 on anti mosquito duties, guess this is in response to West Nile Fever breakout. As a regular visitor to and an overseas citizen of Canada (Ontario) I would suggest they convert an Antonov-225 to a crop sprayer coz the 'skeeters there are already the size of B 747's.

Whilst writing pls would you give me an address for Yahoo head office so I can complain about the mail copying all the photographs on my computer and putting them into 'photo's and attachments with no delete button to take them out of there, which I feel is a total invasion and breach of personal privacy as my photos are only for myself and my friends, many thanks and look forward to your reply.

The Duck

on September 27, 2006 05:53 AM
# rr said:

Just hope they got all the Agent Orange purged from the systems when they rolled those Herky birds out of their Vietnam mothballs...

on September 27, 2006 07:36 AM
# grumpY! said:

we had a group of these (130s i believe) directly over our house on sunday putting out the san jose hills fire. i have to give them their props, they nailed the shot each time. very dramatic to be, once again, about 500ft from the wall of fire and have it stopped in its tracks.

on September 27, 2006 10:14 AM
# Ian Kennedy said:

Looking for the pictures of the DC-10 fire tanker I heard they're using on the fire blazing just North of LA, I found this amazing video of a 747 fire tanker!

on September 27, 2006 03:00 PM
# Kevin Burton said:

Those must be BIG mosquitos!!!

on September 27, 2006 05:29 PM
# Trogdor said:

Ever consider uploading this photo to the site?

on September 28, 2006 09:17 AM
# cynthia lebrun said:

Looking for someone who knew my dad, ben johnson, a hot shot crop duster in nez persce idaho in the 50s

on January 9, 2007 08:52 PM
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