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Crop dusters help missionary pilot-in-training

Damon Whitlow wants to become a missionary pilot. Damon Whitlow wants to become a missionary pilot.
AG-Flight Pilot Training School AG-Flight Pilot Training School
Billy Howell Billy Howell
Damon Whitlow Damon Whitlow
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -  South Georgia crop dusters are helping one man fulfill his dream to become a missionary pilot. 

Damon Whitlow has traveled all over the world and has worked on missions for the past several years. 

“I love adventure.  I love things that kind of take it to the edge,” said Whitlow.

Whitlow said his next adventure will be fulfilling his goal to become a missionary pilot. 

“You think you're going on the mission field to help someone else.  But the reality is, when you get there, God's actually doing something in your life and you always end up being the one that's helped,” said Whitlow. 

His fascination with missionary aviation began while serving in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

He heard about the AG-Flight Pilot Training school in Bainbridge that trained people to become Crop Dusters, and jumped at the opportunity. 

Whitlow said, “A lot of people see them as crazy crop dusters who are flying in and out of fields doing a bunch of acrobatic tricks, but the reality is that they are very professional pilots who are able to control the plane in a very, very small space.”

This is one of the most important skills missionary pilots need when responding to critical situations. 

Billy Howell, owner of Ag-Flight Pilot Training, said, “It takes a special pilot and special training to be able to fly them. And he's got a good goal. It's just going to take a lot of training.”

Training that doesn't come cheap.  

And with a wife and four kids, Whitlow said they need all the help they can get. 

But it's a challenge he's ready to get off the ground.

“It's just that moment that you leave the ground. It's the butterflies in your stomach and the fact that you are a little bit out of control, but still in control.  Nothing can be matched,” said Whitlow.

Whitlow and his family will move to Bainbridge this summer to start flight school.  

To learn more about Whitlow's mission and how you can help, go to http://www.gofundme.com/godflight .

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