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July 11 in history

4:51 PM, Jul. 10, 2013  |  Comments
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July 11, 1947 - Oil tank area is dusted with D.D.T.: Because painting of the large storage tanks at the new marine terminal of The Texas company had been interfered with by swarms of small water flies which became embedded in the paint, the Ability Sand Blasters and Painters, Green Bay, which holds the painting contract, hired an airplane to dust the entire area with DDT powder.

This particular species of fly - distinct from the larger Green Bay flies - only moves a few feet from the spot where it is hatched, health authorities here told the painting contractors.

The dusting was done this morning by Edward Curtis, pilot for Flightways, Inc., at the Curtiss-Wright airport, Milwaukee, and a former Navy dive-bomber pilot. He made 15 runs over the area, spreading 300 pounds of insecticide. The runs were made at low altitude, the plane just skimming the ground in some of them, according to witnesses, which included health department representatives.

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