April 27, 2011 - William "Bill" Kennedy - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

April 27, 2011 - William "Bill" Kennedy

Bill Kennedy says as long as he can remember, he's always wanted to fly. 

"Oh, I wanted to be a pilot since I was a little kid," said Kennedy. "I used to build model airplanes while I was still in school.  I had a few hours of flying time before I went into the service."

So it was no surprise when he qualified for the U.S. Army's Flying Air Corps during the late days of World War Two.  Kennedy flew gasoline and other supplies to servicemen after the Burma Road was closed by the Japanese.  He remembers almost losing a crew member when a radio operator opened the wrong door of the aircraft while in flight. 

"He opened it and when he did, the suction of the airplane threw the thing open and he was still holding onto it with his hands.  This poor guy was stretched out over 10,000 feet of space looking down at the mountains, hanging onto that door.  Between two of us, we pulled the guy back in and when he got the door back, he latched it."

 After the war, Kennedy became involved in the new procedure of planting rice by crop duster. 

"They had been spraying dust on cotton for years.  That's how they came up with the term "crop dusting."  Then it stuck with everything else.  Yeah, I was one of the very first to plant rice by air.  And one of the only ones left." 

Bill Kennedy was also a pilot for the Zigler family in Jennings. 

 

Copyright 2011 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: First day of Fall is a hot one, with a few pop up showers possible

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: First day of Fall is a hot one, with a few pop up showers possible

    Friday, September 22 2017 4:48 AM EDT2017-09-22 08:48:32 GMT
    A few showers possible this afternoonA few showers possible this afternoon

    For today, we will have a few small pop up showers in the afternoon. Rain chances are at only 20%, so not everyone will see rain. Any rain we do get, will not last long. There will be plenty of passing clouds, but that won’t stop the heat. Highs today will be in the low 90s, with heat indices in the mid to upper 90s! Even though fall is officially starting today, it certainly will not feel like it! By tonight, we will keep the rain chances low as all showers come to an end.

    More >>

    For today, we will have a few small pop up showers in the afternoon. Rain chances are at only 20%, so not everyone will see rain. Any rain we do get, will not last long. There will be plenty of passing clouds, but that won’t stop the heat. Highs today will be in the low 90s, with heat indices in the mid to upper 90s! Even though fall is officially starting today, it certainly will not feel like it! By tonight, we will keep the rain chances low as all showers come to an end.

    More >>
  • A night of empowering women in Lake Charles

    A night of empowering women in Lake Charles

    Thursday, September 21 2017 11:38 PM EDT2017-09-22 03:38:02 GMT

    It was a night of insight and inspiration empowering women in Lake Charles on Thursday night. This is the 7th year of "Live Well Women"  hosted by Kayla Courvell who is the anchor of The FOX 29 Morning Show. She introduced the guest speaker for the night, Allison Massari, who delivered a storytelling message of courage, compassion and perseverance. Massari knows of what she speaks.  She's survived two traumatic accidents, one leaving her burned ...

    More >>

    It was a night of insight and inspiration empowering women in Lake Charles on Thursday night. This is the 7th year of "Live Well Women"  hosted by Kayla Courvell who is the anchor of The FOX 29 Morning Show. She introduced the guest speaker for the night, Allison Massari, who delivered a storytelling message of courage, compassion and perseverance. Massari knows of what she speaks.  She's survived two traumatic accidents, one leaving her burned ...

    More >>
  • CPPJ votes down RV park in Sulphur

    CPPJ votes down RV park in Sulphur

    Thursday, September 21 2017 11:07 PM EDT2017-09-22 03:07:16 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Could there be another RV park coming to Calcasieu Parish?  That was the big question at Thursday night's police jury meeting.  One by one, residents stood up voicing their opposition to another RV park.  "Would you guys want to look out your back door with your family and see an RV park," said resident Tina Knippers. The proposed RV park would be just off of Highway 108 West near Choupique Road in Sulphur.  Applicant Wendell Thibodeaux says he ...

    More >>

    Could there be another RV park coming to Calcasieu Parish?  That was the big question at Thursday night's police jury meeting.  One by one, residents stood up voicing their opposition to another RV park.  "Would you guys want to look out your back door with your family and see an RV park," said resident Tina Knippers. The proposed RV park would be just off of Highway 108 West near Choupique Road in Sulphur.  Applicant Wendell Thibodeaux says he ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly