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Features April 2013 Issue

Spring Dust Storms

They probably didnít teach you about dust, sand or ash storms in ground school, but these hazards are common in some places and deserve your respect.

In March, 1933, Malcolm C. Harrison wrote in An Unusual Texas Duststorm, “Pilots were experiencing the same condition over North and Central Texas, all groping about more or less blindly, flying by instruments in a sea of white dust, with the stars dimly shining above and the ground stations reporting visibilities which seemed to belie the conditions aloft. One veteran pilot was plainly baffled by this mysterious element, which he had failed to recognize as…

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