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Title Huff Daland Duster 1:1 Scale Model Airplane
Date 06/11/2013
Collection Aircraft & Flight Simulators
Object Name Model
Catalog Number 2013.15.1
Description Huff Daland Duster biplane lifesize model airplane, 1:1 scale. Exterior painted silvery gray. One each side of fuselage is painted with the HUFF DALAND DUSTERS, INC. / MONROE, LA. logo. Wood/metal propeller.
Provenance The Huff-Daland Duster, nicknamed the "Puffer," was the the first aircraft specifically designed for crop dusting in 1924. The crop duster goes back to Delta's beginnings.

A fleet of these aircraft were operated by a division of Huff Daland Airplanes, Inc., called Huff Daland Dusters, which was the world's first aerial crop-dusting company and the predecessor of Delta Air Lines. A group of investors purchased Huff Daland Dusters in 1928, renamed the company Delta Air Service and began passenger service in 1929. Delta continued to operate a crop-dusting division until 1966.

Delta Flight Museum Aircraft Manager Art Arace led the project to build a full-scale model of a Huff Daland Duster to add to the fleet of historic aircraft at the Delta Flight Museum. Within nine months (2012-2013), Art and his team of staff and volunteers built the Duster from concept drawings to final assembly, by hand. Art used a set of detailed drawings of the plane and original photos for reference. “The prop, the wheels and the engine were the only things I didn’t have to make by hand,” Art said, noting he purchased the rest of the materials at a local home improvement store near where he lives.

Engine is the type used on the Delta Air Service Travel Air, and was a spare engine in the Delta Flight Museum collections prior to 2013. Wheels are 1920s vintage motocycle wheels purchased by the Delta Flight Museum in 2013.

The Duster's logo features Thor, the Norse god of thunder, war and agriculture, symbolizing the fight against the boll weevil insect destroying the cotton field of the southern United States in the 1920s.

Search Terms Huff Daland Dusters, Inc.
Huff-Daland Airplanes, Inc.
Huff-Daland Duster
Monroe, La.
Louisiana
South (U.S.)
Subjects Model airplanes
Aircraft
Airplanes
Aerial dusting in agriculture
Crop dusting
Credit line Delta Flight Museum
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