A 501(c)(3) Non-profit Corporation


Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 7:00PM

Mike Roads

History of Air Tractor
A Day in the Life of an Air Tractor Test Pilot






Mike Rhodes is the Chief Pilot at Air Tractor in Olney, Texas and manages all Production Flight Line and Flight Test Tasks as well as Experimental flight testing. He has been on staff at Air Tractor since 2001, beginning his professional career as a Project Engineer.

Mike came from a general aviation background. He grew up in Northwest George riding along as a backseat passenger in his father’s various airplanes, learned to fly as a 16 year old high school student and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Experience in ag aviation came early while washing, loading and helping out at a local Northwest Georgia ag aviation operator. Mike is a USDA/USDI interagency carded Fireboss and wheeled Single Engine Air Tanker Pilot with two years of fire industry experience. Flying professionally for over 20 years provided plenty career variations, but “stick and rudder general aviation has always been his passion.” Favorite pastime includes old tractors, old cars, old airplanes, hobby farming and college football. He resides in Archer County, Texas with a barn cat named Chuck Berry and six chicks.

All lectures are video recorded and DVD copies are now available. To order please call 817-905-1889.

All lectures are free to the public as an educational service.

Meetings are held on the third TUESDAY of each month.

Our Meeting Location

Location Address

  • University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • 1000 Montgomery Street
    Education and Training Building
    Room 106
    Fort Worth, TX 76107
About the Museum

B-36 Peacemaker Museum evolved from a dedicated group of individuals who restored the last B-36 "City of Fort Worth". After restoration, the group began efforts to raise funds and support to display the mighty bomber inside a facility as required by the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Contact Us

B-36 Peacemaker Museum Inc.
3300 Ross Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76121


(817) 905-1889
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