Wilkinson, Wayne 1973-08-27

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Wayne Wilkinson, Atmospherics Inc. pilot, discusses the theory and operation of hail suppression projects. He discusses internal conflict within Plains Weather Improvement Association and external opposition to the project. Cloud seeding technology is examined.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Wayne Wilkinson

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 27, 1973

Location: Littlefield, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Began as weather modification pilot (1971), Pilot training cited, Hail suppression, precipitation increase in Africa discussed, Comments on hail suppression evaluation, Description of physical cloud modification, Local conflict described, Defense of program’s operation, Controversial character of rain making, Cloud seeding experiences, techniques recalled, Tornado seeding cited, Discussion of cloud seeding equipment, Use of dry ice, urrea examined, Opinions on the status and development of the hail suppression program, Conflict with Frank Moore related.

Tape 1, Side 2: Conflict discussed further, Plains Weather Improvement Association’s conflict with Atmospherics, Inc., Reasons for autonomy of PWIC, Record keeping procedures explained, Conflict with John Medina and objection to direction from radar director given, Defense of program presented, Use of ground generators in Oklahoma cited, Threats of violence, attitude toward the controversy expressed, Speculation on court action made, Opinions on referendum expressed.

Range Dates: 1971-1973

Bulk Dates: 1971-1973

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