As I was putting together the N3N Ag page I ran across a number of truly ugly ag conversions. So I thought it might be fun to see what photos our readership has run across.
Here is my opening bid (fair warning, I have a hole card…), the Clevenger L-5 Stinson conversion:
Clevenger converted the L-5 into an ag aircraft by installing a hopper behind the pilot (think about the impact of a full hopper in the event of a crash), putting a Continental W-670 radial on the nose and adding a pair of Luscombe 8A wings to turn it into a biplane:
They built a number of these, Ron Dupas has the best summary on the aircraft and a tentative list of 13 registrations at the link here: Clevenger-Stinson
Let’s see what else you can come up with. Describe your nominee, provide a link in the comments (comment by clicking the “Leave a reply” link immediately under the title) or email me the photo (see the “Contact Us” page for the address) and I will insert it into the post. Then readers can comment on which is the best (worst?) of the bunch.
UPDATE: The Hole Card
Well, Don (see Comment 1 below) and I were on the same page, the T-6 biplane conversion. One internet source says it was built in Selma, Alabama, by R.C. Stroop, but I can’t confirm that. I challenge anyone to find an uglier Ag Conversion than the Biplane T-6 seen here:
I found that photo (and two more views of the same aircraft) at this site, with a bit of commentary: Photo Website
And if you can believe it, a guy who modeled the T-6 bipe in 1/72 scale plastic:
A link to his article (with construction details) is here: Scale Model