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Tractor art for pilots at the Maxwell Air Show

(Source: Hunter Ziegler) (Source: Hunter Ziegler)
(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)

If you went to the air show at Maxwell Air Force Base, it’s pretty safe to say all eyes were on the sky. 

While you were looking up, the pilots had something to look at on the ground; Artwork from a man with a John Deer and a passion for patriotism.

“It was really so large from the tractor, I couldn’t tell what it was going to look like,” said Hunter Ziegler in Millbrook.

Ziegler works for Diversified Elevator Service in Millbrook. He and his family also do some farming as well. They’ve always held a special place in their hearts for the military.

“We have serviced Maxwell Air Force Base for about 30 years now. We just thought we’d like to show them some appreciation.”

So that’s what Ziegler did.

“I didn’t measure anything at all. I did it in like an hour and a half. It turned out way better than I predicted. When I started out there I was thinking I was just going to smooth out a spot to watch the air show. Then I was thinking I would make a big star. Then I started thinking I would put the USA in front of it.”

When he sent up his drone and took a look, he was pretty impressed, and so were the pilots.

“I knew their routine after watching them practice. I noticed when they did the real show they added and extra move for us. They flew right over us and gave us some wing tip waves. When I heard the Thunderbirds pilots saw it and told people to tell me thank you, that was nice.”

Ziegler is done for now but is already thinking about the next air show.

“I feel like I could do USAF with a star, for United States Air Force.”

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