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>>

  • Teen violence continues to increase in Calcasieu Parish

    Teen violence continues to increase in Calcasieu Parish

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 8:21 PM EST2017-11-22 01:21:03 GMT

    The Calcasieu District Attorney confirms last night-- a sixteen year old allegedly shot someone at or near the Lake Charles Civic Center-- The victim is expected to recover.  And, Last weekend-- a 17 year old was arrested in connection with a homicide in Sulphur. It's alarming to many, how often deadly violence involves teenagers.  Most recently  17 year old Blake Poullard was booked into jail in connection with the homicide of 24 year old David Reed of...

    More >>

    The Calcasieu District Attorney confirms last night-- a sixteen year old allegedly shot someone at or near the Lake Charles Civic Center-- The victim is expected to recover.  And, Last weekend-- a 17 year old was arrested in connection with a homicide in Sulphur. It's alarming to many, how often deadly violence involves teenagers.  Most recently  17 year old Blake Poullard was booked into jail in connection with the homicide of 24 year old David Reed of...

    More >>
  • Major insurance provider canceling policies due to asbestos

    Major insurance provider canceling policies due to asbestos

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 6:59 PM EST2017-11-21 23:59:01 GMT

    Out of sight, out of mind, right? Well, that's not the case for a major insurance provider that is now dropping clients because of a policy change regarding asbestos. A homeowner came to 7news with a letter stating their Allstate homeowner's insurance policy is being canceled.  The siding of the home is made of asbestos, a popular insulation material used before it was outlawed in 1980 because exposure can be dangerous, often leading to lung cancer and mesothelioma.  Pre...

    More >>

    Out of sight, out of mind, right? Well, that's not the case for a major insurance provider that is now dropping clients because of a policy change regarding asbestos. A homeowner came to 7news with a letter stating their Allstate homeowner's insurance policy is being canceled.  The siding of the home is made of asbestos, a popular insulation material used before it was outlawed in 1980 because exposure can be dangerous, often leading to lung cancer and mesothelioma.  Pre...

    More >>
  • Boil advisory lifted for Town of Oberlin

    Boil advisory lifted for Town of Oberlin

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 1:44 PM EST2017-11-21 18:44:32 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Town of Oberlin has been placed under a boil water advisory until further notice due to a Cleco fuse. For more information, call Superintendent Robert Smith at 337-389-9157 or 337-639-4333.    Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    The Town of Oberlin has been placed under a boil water advisory until further notice due to a Cleco fuse. For more information, call Superintendent Robert Smith at 337-389-9157 or 337-639-4333.    Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly