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A Hispano Standard airplane is the answer for Week 152 of Orofino History Trivia, a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: Top speed was about 65 miles per hour.

Tuesday: It was leased for $600.

Wednesday: Its use was a trial effort whose fruits we see today.

Thurssday: 1923

According to White Pines and Fire by A.B. Curtis, the Hispano Standard was probably the first airplane used for wildland fire detection. In 1923, it was leased from Clyde Pangborn and Nick Marner to Potlatch Association for patrol purposes.

Hog Meadows was used as an airfield since its location was near Boville and Deary and it was the best site that could be found at the time. Top speed for the plane was about 65 miles per hour. Potlatch paid $600 for the trial effort.

The next year, the airplane saw greater use. Since that time, use of airplanes and helicopters has become very common for both fire detection and fire fighting.

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