November 30, 2022

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

“A Century of Agricultural Aviation: 1921-2021”

Holdrege — A temporary exhibit entitled: “A Century of Agricultural Aviation: 1921-2021,” is on display at the Prairie Museum in Holdrege courtesy of local aerial sprayers. It’s the first time the display has been on exhibit in Nebraska.

Courtesy/Nebraska Prairie Museum — Piper Pawnee cockpit fuselage up close.

The new exhibit displays five, large panels featuring detailed aviation history from its crude beginnings in Dayton, Ohio in 1921, through each decade’s advancement right up to its current precision aerial applicators.

Tom May of Flying M Enterprises of Holdrege is a Nebraska representative on the National Ag Aviation Association and is a member of the Nebraska Aviation Trades Association. May describes the origin of the exhibit…

Tom May says ag aviation is very important to agriculture…

The Department of Homeland Security calls aerial application work as one of the 16 “Essential Critical Infrastructures” safeguarding the nation’s food supply.

In addition to the informational panels, there is a Piper Pawnee cockpit fuselage for those interested in getting a close-up view.

The exhibit will be available for the next 3-4 months. An open house is being planned.

The Nebraska Prairie Museum is located one-half mile north of Holdrege on Highway 183.

It is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is by freewill donation.

Source: Nebraska Regional News