Locust Invasion in Iran



15 February 1952

In 1952, swarms of locusts (short-horned grasshoppers) from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas and prevented a major catastrophe.

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    52-03-13/17

    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas. US-pilot Jim Springer cranks his Piper-cub, local boys watch.

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    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas. Iranian soldiers mixing BHC bait for Soviet planes at Mehmetabad near Kerman.

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    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas. Iranian soldiers loading BHC bait on donkeys for Soviet planes at Mehmetabad near Kerman.

    52-04-02/ 9A

    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US- and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas and prevented a major catastrophe. Iranian soldiers spraying in the Shiraz-area.

    52-04-02/17A

    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas. Locusts have landed in a garden near Shiraz.

    52-04-03/28

    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas. A well in the desert around Shiraz.

    52-04-05/ 4

    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US- and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas.US-pilot Dick Dyer flies past a flag- waving farmer who indicates the border of infestation.

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    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas. Locusts in a field.

    52-04-07/13

    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas. The Stearman, a biplane, flying low over an infested area.

    52-04-08/22

    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas. Iranian boys next to the biplane Stearman.

    52-04-08/31

    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas. Locusts near Shiraz.

    52-04-09/ 6

    The third century monument showing Roman Emperor Valerian kneeling before the Sassanid King Shahpur I, who vanquished the Roman troops near Persepolis, Iran.

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    The third century monument showing Roman Emperor Valerian kneeling before the Sassanid King Shahpur I, who vanquished the Roman troops near Persepolis, Iran.

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    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US- and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas and prevented a major catastrophe. A US-plane flies low over an infested area.

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    A camel with her young.

    52-04-14/11A

    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest.Before Soviet and US-pilots and specialists arrive in the infested areas, farmers try to kill the locusts with sticks.Road near Kazerun,Shiraz.

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    Bags with spraying material have been loaded.A Soviet plane is ready to take off under the curious eyes of the local population.Locust invasion,Iran. Shiraz,1952

    52-04-17/26

    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US- and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas together.Signalling the Stearman,an ancient biplane still used for spraying.

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    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US- and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas and prevented a major catastrophe. Spraying nozzles of the ancient Stearman biplane.

    52-04-21/30

    Locusts have invaded the narrow, marshy valley of Dashte Arjan,the tribal region of the Kashgais. In former years,the locusts would have spelled famine for the valley;this time the catastrophe was averted in just two days.Dashde Arjan,1952

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    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas. Locusts in the narrow, marshy valley of Dashte Arjan, the tribal region of the Kashgais. In former times, the locust invasion would have spelled famine for the valley; this time three planes and two days work averted the catastrophe.

    52-04-24/ 9

    In 1952 locust swarms flying in from Saudi Arabia threatened Iran's harvest. In a unique cooperation, US- and Soviet pilots and specialists sprayed the infested areas and prevented a major catastrophe. In the early evening,locusts have arrived near Shiraz.

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    In a locust-infested plain, a farmer drives his herd of mules.

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