Robert (Carroll) Potter, 86

Robert (Carroll) Potter, 86, of Tangerine, Fla., died Sunday, Feb. 17. Born in Pasche in 1915, he grew up on a farm and ranch near Eden and just before World War II owned a flight school in Brady. In 1940 he joined the Air Force as a flight officer training cadet to fly and then was a check pilot training flight instructors. Later he transferred to the Military Air Transport Command where he delivered new B-24, B-25, C-46 and C-47 planes around the world for immediate use. After the war he moved to Central Florida and was an FAA flight examiner and started Potter Flyers, Inc., a crop dusting company. During his 60-year flying career, he logged over 35,000 hours flying up until a few months before his death. His passion in life was flying and farming, and he helped pioneer the sweet corn industry in Florida. He was a charter member of the Hump Pilots Association, Air Transport Pilots Association, and past president of the Florida Agricultural Aviation Association. In 2000 he received the Agrinaut Award in Reno, Nev., presented by the Natioanl Ag Aviation Association for outstanding contribution in the field of ag aviation operations. Survivors include two sons, Jan Charles Potter and Del Gene Potter; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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