March 13, 2014
A California man's crop duster soon will be heading to the Smithsonian.
Some time in late summer or early fall, the 1962 Grumman G-164 Ag Cat will be suspended on cables in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in northern Virginia. Beneath it will be a supersonic Concorde.
Ralph Holsclaw donated the vintage biplane to call attention to the contributions of agricultural aircraft. It will be the Smithsonian's first crop duster.
His plane was among the first built by Grumman for crop-dusting, and it has logged nearly 13,000 flight hours. Cruising speed is 90 miles per hour.
Also on display at the museum are the space shuttle Enterprise and the Boeing B-29 Superfortress better known as the Enola Gay, which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.