This airplane is called an AirCam. It’s used primarily, as the name suggests, as a photo and video platform because it has an open cockpit and there’s nothing surrounding the front view to obstruct it. Many of the finest nature videos you see are shot with an AirCam.
A week or so ago, this plane had to get from Minnesota to Florida. All that was needed was a pilot willing to bundle up enough to survive the frigid temps of flyover country.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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