It’s a fairly common occurrence for a bird and a plane to collide. Recently, a Japan airlines flight had to make an emergency landing due to a bird strike, while another commercial plane was forced to make an emergency return to Cardiff Airport in Wales after a bird hit an engine. Although rare, dogs trained to deter these incidents can be extremely beneficial.
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Piper – Airport K9
This is the story of a man, Brian Edwards, who got a dog from his friend and the two began a journey of working together to help create a safer environment for people. They both did the work because they loved it and as a result, became famous by accident.
Piper was a Border Collie who was tasked with wildlife control at the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan. Piper provided a proactive approach to wildlife management at the airport during the three years that he worked there. As a result of his work, Piper became a popular member of the community and the airport. Piper gained internet fame as a result of his job at the airport and reached hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.
Watch Piper racing a C-17
Watch the tribute to Piper
We want to extend a special thanks to Brian Edwards for sharing Piper’s story.
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All photos copyright Brian Edwards @airportk9
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