A Dying Breed

AKRON – Pat Quilter can place himself in a group with the Queen of England, Charles Darwin and Walt Disney. Quilter is one of the Greater Akron Racers, an organization for people who raise and race pigeons.


YOUNGSTOWN, Oh. – Like a lot of general aviation enthusiasts, Arnold Howell spends his weekends at a local airfield, but not because he is hoping for an airplane ride. This former steelworker from Youngstown races pigeons.

When Pigs Can Fly

LONDON, Oh. – To many farmers, an airplane is as important as a tractor. Surveying crops, spotting lost livestock and locating broken drainage tiles are just a few of the mundane chores assigned to the aerial equipment. But when some piglets were sick and the veterinarian was half a state away, one farmer’s airplane became an air-ambulance. And next time he’ll remember to tape the cardboard box closed for the ride.

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