Mosquito sprayer plane flying out of Minot

If you’ve seen a large dark-colored plane flying in the area, it’s a C-130 and crew from Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Ohio. They’re in North Dakota, supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for spraying mosquitoes in the Williston area.

Normally the plane and crew would operate out of Minot Air Force Base but the base runway is being reconstructed so they are operating out of the Minot International Airport, said Lt. Col. John Kochansky, chief of Aerial Spraying with the 757th Airlift Squadron at Youngstown.

The group arrived here earlier this week and will remain in North Dakota through June 6 for spraying at Williston and also at Grand Forks AFB.

Kochansky said they will return June 16-20 to spray mosquitoes in Minot, at Minot AFB and in Williston, and again the week before the North Dakota State Fair starts in Minot. Notices will be issued when they return to the local area to spray mosquitoes.

Kochansky is quite familiar with the Minot area. He was a B-52 radar navigator with the 23rd Bomb Squadron at Minot AFB in the mid- to late 1990s. With the Youngstown unit he’s a C-130 navigator. He’s been to the Minot area a number of times for the mosquito-spraying mission.

About 20 people comprise the group in North Dakota for the mission.

The 757th Airlift Squadron is the flying squadron of the 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown Air Reserve Station. The squadron includes the only large-area, fixed wing aerial spray mission in the Department of Defense.