This picture had to be made way back in the early 1980's. Since this photograph, Mr. Taylor's plane has been re-painted twice. The first re-paint was red and white. The last painting restored the plane to its original orange-and-white scheme and took place in early 2014 just a few short months before being involved in a crash that destroyed the aircraft and killed the pilot, 44-year veteran ag-pilot Mr. James Earl "J.T." Taylor on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at approximately 8:50 a.m. For reasons that remain unknown to this date, the plane contacted a set of high-voltage transmission lines as Mr. Taylor was treating a field on Pea Vine Road, which is just off Hwy 125 South between Bolivar and Middleton, TN in Hardeman County.
Correction: This picture was probably made during the mid to late 1980's when Billy Whitehurst was running a world-renowned flight school out of the Bolivar Airport.
The T.V.A. lines Mr. Taylor's plane contacted transversed the field Mr. Taylor was spraying .
I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Taylor,s death. When this photo was taken, I was a student at Billy Whitehurst's "Bolivar School of Aviation". I was studying for my Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. At the end of my training, I passed the FAA written test and flight exam and became a CFI. The following year, I returned to TN to get my CFI Instrument rating at Whitehurst's Jackson, TN facility.
I remember when the Bolivar Airport had a world-class flight training center. J.T. told me students used to absolutely beg him to let them take the ag-wagon up. He wouldn't because it was his livelihood. Thanks for your condolences!!
By the way, the Airport is going to have J.T.'s initials painted on the loading pad where N580G (which I nick-named Zero Gravity) was tied down all those years. J.T. was a permanent fixture at the Bolivar Airport. You'd be sad to see the airport now. It's all but empty. Just a very few privately owned planes out there now. They have it all fenced up like it's a maximum security facility of some sort.
From what I've heard, the FBO doesn't want visitors at the airport. If you don't have a plane there or if you're not catching a flight, you're no longer welcomed to sit in the office and visit like it was for several years after the flight school closed down. I attend church with a pilot who has part ownership in a plane. He was meeting his other pilot friend to go flying and let himself in the new electronically locked gate because he knew the code. This FBO ran out talking to him like a dog and this guy's a pilot for heaven's sake!!
I would mention the FBO's name, but I'm afraid I could be sued for speaking in the negative about him.
Do you remember a CFI named Steve Aldred (New Zealand) and another CFI from England named Cameron? Back when you were a student at Bolivar Aviation there was an A&P there named John Griswell.
I always went to the airport for only one reason; to see J.T. and his Ag-wagon. The skies in Hardeman County seem all the emptier with J.T. gone.
I made a mistake when writing J.T.'s tail number: N5850G.
I checked my logbook and I was at Bolivar from April 10 thru April 21, 1989. My Instructor's name was Eric R. Mullins from Tupelo, MS and my FAA pilot examiner was Harry S. Weiss.
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