From Cropduster to Airline Captain

One of our favorite people, LeRoy Brown, has released his biography: “From Cropduster to Airline Captain: The Biography of Captain Leroy H. Brown.”

The book begins in 1936, when Brown clambered aboard a 1929 Waco 10 converted to crop dusting duty, sat down in the grimy hopper, and then launched into a clear-blue Florida sky on a wondrous flight that ignited a life-long passion with flying and airplanes.

More than 35,000 flight hours later, Captain LeRoy Brown stepped out of the cockpit of a Pan American World Airways DC-10 to end a commercial aviation career that spanned nearly five decades.

In between, he filled dozens of logbooks with exciting tales of flying biplane crop dusters, B-17 freight haulers, old airliners, surplus military trainers, state-of-the-art propeller and jet airliners, and more than 150 personally owned airplanes.

Packed with photographs and sidebars of supplemental information, the book chronicles the life and flying stories of Brown, a 2009 inductee into the Florida Aviation Historical Association Hall of Fame and 2012 recipient of the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

The book is available on, but you can receive an autographed copy by sending a check for $29.95, plus $4 for shipping and handling, to LeRoy Brown, PO Box 144, Zellwood, Fla., 32798.

Brown also plans to be at this year’s SUN ’n FUN, signing copies of his book.

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