World War II Veteran, 95, Retires From Farming

December 7, 2016 12:59 PM

As World War II fades further into the past, more American patriots are disappearing from our landscape, including veteran farmers.

Dale Fulton, 95, of Illinois is slowing down. For 35 of those years, Dale was a full-time farmer, but not before being a teenaged daredevil in the sky.

His parents bought him a 1938, 50 horsepower plane for $1,000. That experience came in handy in the 40s by shuttling passengers and cargo across the ocean during World War II.

After the war, he bought a used P-51 Mustang, winning the National Air Races in Cleveland and a spot on the cover of Life magazine.

For the next four decades, Dale flew as a commercial airline pilot.

“When my father passed away, my mother took over the farm,” said Dale. “She farmed it until she passed, and I commuted from my job back here on the farm.”

Watch Dale’s full story on AgDay above.

Watch AgDay’s salute to the greatest generation here.

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