NETTLETON – A strip of asphalt alongside Highway 6 just east of Nettleton that was vacant and overgrown for more than 25 years is gaining new life as it is being rehabilitated to its original purpose – a landing strip for crop dusters. It served as a drag strip in the 1950s and ‘60s and was converted into an airstrip after then.
Although it was last used for planes in the early ‘90s, it has recently undergone improvements to make it a landing strip for a crop dusting service operated by Perry Lowery and his son, Will. Perry’s father, F.P. Lowery, bought the property in 1968. He not only did crop dusting, he was known to exhibit his skills as a stunt pilot.
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