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Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Joe Devorak
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Joe Devorak was born in Madison, Minnesota and got his flight training in the Air Force during World War II. He was a founder of West Central Airways in Fergus Falls, and owned and operated a crop dusting business in the Fergus Falls area. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Devorak's early life in Madison, Minnesota. His decision to work in the aircraft industry. His time during the war at Douglas Aircraft in California and later in the U.S. Air Force in Italy. Some discussion of early aircraft. His return to central Minnesota after the war and a brief period at the University of Minnesota. The founding of West Central Airways. Post war licensing for pilots. His transition to crop spraying and the types of chemicals and aircraft used. Crop dusting issues such as chemical drift, hitting power lines and animals, and hours worked per day. The 1954 army worm infestation. Anecdote about cutting a power line. Patrolling power lines from an airplane. Changes in aircraft over the years.
1 hour sound cassette
28 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
60 minutes length
Interviewee: Devorak, Joe
Interviewer: Holey, George
Creation: 05/15/1980 - 08/19/1980 (Interview dates: 5/15/1980 and 8/19/1980.)
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 101 (Library Call Number)
AV1992.88.4 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project'