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Dusty Firefighter
Dusty Crophopper
Background information
Feature films Planes
Planes: Fire & Rescue
Television programs
Video games Planes: The Video Game
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Dane Cook
Performance model
Inspiration Lightning McQueen
Air Tractor AT-502, Cessna and the PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Strut Jetstream
Champ (referred by Blade Ranger)
Personality Kind, dreamer, nice, happy, fun-loving, selfless, handsome, curious, brave, courageous, heroic
Appearance Orange and white spray plane, with black stripes and blue eyes
(in the first two legs of the Wings Around the Globe): Jolly Wrenches insignia on his model, white "D7" on tailfin
(after the race to Germany): Black stripes changed to different-shaped blue stripes, a black-outlined white circle with the number 7 on his sides and right wing, his name inscribed on the sides, and his tailplane is also changed from orange to blue.
(in his turbo design): Blue stripes on his wings are changed back to black, the white at the bottom back of him is changed to orange, his front is changed from orange and white to gray, his vertical stabilizer and tailplane additionally have a bit of gray, and the orange on his wings is removed and put on the ends.
(after being honored by the Jolly Wrenches): Gray navy paint job.
(training to be a firefighter): Ocean blue pontoons.
(as a certified firefighter): Red paintings with number 07 and with black and white pontoons.
Occupation Crop Duster
Racing Plane
Fire and Rescue Ranger
Alignment Good
Goal To race in the Wings Around the Globe Rally (in Planes)
To become a certified firefighter for Propwash Junction (in Planes: Fire and Rescue)
Home Propwash Junction
Allies Skipper Riley, Chug, Dottie, Sparky, El Chupacabra, his love interest Ishani, Blade Ranger, Lil' Dipper, Windlifter, Cabbie, Bravo and Echo, Leadbottom, Bulldog, Rochelle, El Chupacabra's Pitty, Franz, Smokejumpers, Harvey and Winnie, Secretary of the Interior, Ol' Jammer, Pulaski, Cad Spinner, Andre
Enemies Ripslinger, Ned and Zed, Leadbottom (somewhat), Ryker (formerly or birefly)
Likes Racing, friends, Cad's parties, Ishani, heights (currently), chasing his dreams
Dislikes Heights (formerly), rules, villains
Powers and abilities Crop dusting, racing, flight, speed, intellect
Weapons Propeller, sprayer
Fate Wins the race, and joins Skipper on the Flysenhower (Planes)
Celebrates the Corn Fest with the firefighters, after becoming a certified one (Planes: Fire & Rescue).
Quote "I'm afraid of heights."
"You know what? I finally get it.
"Last one back to Propwash buys!"
"I can't! My gearbox is busted!"

Dusty Crophopper (aka Strut Jetstream) is the main protagonist in Disney's 2013 film Planes and its 2014 sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue. He is voiced by Dane Cook.

Official Bio

Dusty is a plane with high hopes-literally. Crop duster by trade, this single-prop plane sees himself soaring alongside his high-flying heroes in an international race. The fact that he’s not really built for competitive racing doesn’t deter him from pursuing his dream—but his fear of heights just might. With a little help from his friends—and a WWII vet with wisdom to spare—Dusty takes off on an adventure of a lifetime, going prop-to-prop with champions while daring to reach heights he never imagined possible.[1]




Dusty in Planes.

In Planes, Dusty is first seen dreaming of out-running two fighter jets. He is introduced as a crop duster that works for Leadbottom, and dreams of competing in the Wings Around the Globe rally, but is afraid of heights. After qualifying for the competition, Dusty comes in sixth place, meaning he can't be in the competition. However, the next day, Roper comes to Propwash Junction and tells Dusty and his team that the plane ahead of him was using illegal fuel, and was disqualified, so Dusty was now eligible to compete. After meeting his racing idols, most of which were mean to him for being "just a crop duster", including his new rival Ripslinger, Dusty befriended El Chupacabra. He was told by Bulldog that it was a competition, and that every man was in it for themselves. During the first leg, Bulldog sprung an oil leak, and the wind forced the oil into his eyes, blinding him. Dusty saved Bulldog by navigating him through the castle.

At the next leg of the race, Dusty fell in love with Ishani, who gave him advice to fly low, so he didn't get scared when flying high. Dusty followed Ishani's advice, only to nearly die by being hit by an oncoming train.

Later in one of the legs, Ripslinger's henchplane Zed broke off Dusty's antenna, and he got lost at sea, but was rescued by two fighter jets. On the way back to where he should be, Dusty was caught in a storm, and sunk, but was rescued once again by a pitty. At the hospital, Dusty was severely damaged, including having a broken wing. The next day, all of the competitors gave Dusty new parts so he could race again.

While Dottie repaired him, Chug watched some of Ripslinger's races, and figured out that before every victory, Ripslinger turns to his right side so the cameras can get good photos of him. During the final leg, Dusty fought Ned and Zed, while Skipper took on Ripslinger. After Ned and Zed got stuck between each other in between two rocks, Dusty caught up to Ripslinger when he was close to the finish line, and when Ripslinger leaned to his side, and Dusty saw the chance he was looking for, and sped by Ripslinger at the last second.

At the end of the film, Skipper and Dusty were onboard the flight deck of the Jolly Wrenches ship, and the two flew over the sea, back to Propwash Junction.

Planes: Fire & Rescue


Dusty in Planes: Fire & Rescue.

Having become famous for winning the Wings Around the Globe rally, Dusty starts off a racing career. After winning the Red Bulldozer race, Dusty returns to Propwash for the annual Corn Festival. Soon after, he goes out flying with Skipper but the excursion caused damage to his gearbox. With that particular model of gearbox now out of production and none available anywhere, Dottie fits a warning light to his control panel to ensure he doesn't damage his gearbox any further. No longer able to race and faced with the possibility of returning to his old job as a crop-duster, Dusty goes on a defiant flight and tests his limits. In doing so, Dusty exceeds his limits and makes a forced landing at Propwash Junction airport, causing a fire. He, Skipper, Chug and Mayday narrowly managed to put it out.

The next day, government inspector Ryker condemns the airport due to inadequate firefighting personnel. While Dottie and Sparky planned on refurbishing Mayday to meet Ryker's regulations, Propwash required a second firefighter to be reopened. Dusty then learned from Mayday about SEATs (Single Engine Air Tanker), inspiring him to get certified as a firefighter. Mayday instructs him to go to Piston Peak to look for Blade Ranger to get trained and certified. When he got to Piston Peak, he met his favorite fan Dipper, a heavy lift helicopter called Windlifter and an ex-military transport heavy plane Cabbie. He then found out their job is to go and fight fires and then Dusty got so interested that he went along with the planes. He then met Blade Ranger who told him to get out of the fire, but he didn't listen, getting sprayed with fire retardant.

After being hosed off back at base, Blade Ranger dismissed Dusty as a tourist before Windlifter identifies him as the new trainee. Maru then operated on him, giving him pontoons to firefight. Subsequently, Dusty began to struggle under Blade's tutelage, hesitating to increase power to his gearbox during training sessions. During one exercise, Dusty mistook a camp fire started by Harvey and Winnie as a spot fire and extinguished it, prompting the RVs to send a complaint to Superintendent Cad Spinner. Cad drove into the base to pass on the complaint but then takes not of Dusty and invited him to his party at the Fusel Lodge. As Cad drove off, he remarked that Dusty is more famous than "Blazin' Blade". Later, the rest of the firefighters reveal to Dusty that Blade was once a television star.

As the firefighters took on a forest fire caused by overnight lightning, Dusty disregards Blade's orders, extinguishing a fire trapping Dynamite's team instead of letting Dipper do it. Back at base, Blade admonishes Dusty for nearly getting himself killed. Dipper tries to reassure Dusty that it's Blade's way of saying thanks.

Dusty then took Dipper, Windlifter and Maru to Cad's party at the Fusel Lodge. Upon entering Dusty was recognized by a fan, who had him record his voicemail, before Cad rudely shoves off the little forklift. Cad starts talking to Dusty before getting distracted by the arrival of Boat Reynolds. Dusty then gets formally introduced to Winnie and Harvey, and along with his colleagues, have a discussion about firefighting being a second job for him.

Fire Dusty

Dusty and others

As a result of Cad's VIPs flying in too low, air eddies blew embers about, creating a larger fire, and thereby forcing the need for an evacuation. While on mission, Dusty again disobeys Blade and attempts to refill his pontoons, only to be caught in the rapids. Blade saved him from going down the big waterfall. Blade didn't understand why Dusty didn't listen to orders and Dusty replied that he can't drive fast because his gearbox is broken. Blade tells him that while life doesn't always go the way he expects, he can't quit otherwise he may lose a chance to save lives in the future. Dusty and Blade then took shelter in an abandoned mine as the fire continued to spread. Blade then used his body to shield Dusty from the flames, and is temporarily grounded for repairs. While Blade recovers, Maru reveals to Dusty of how Blade's co-star on CHoPs was killed during a stunt gone wrong on set that Blade was helpless to stop, so he decided to become a firefighter to save lives for real.

As the fire had spread to the main road and blocked off the evacuees, Windlifter takes de facto command and orders everyone to head out. Unfortunately, Cad had selfishly diverted the water supply to the lodge's rooftop sprinklers, forcing the firefighters to go with their pre-existing tanks. Dusty used his supply to extinguish the flames on a fallen trunk blocking the railroad. They then received a radio from Patch, informing them that Winnie and Harvey are trapped on a bridge in Augerin Canyon. With Windlifter's permission, Dusty heads off to save them. As Blade arrives on scene and used his hook to keep the two RVs from falling, Dusty puts his engine into the red zone as he climbs the falls to refill his pontoons, before diving down to extinguish the flames blocking the couple's exit, allowing the campers to escape just before the bridge collapses, but his overstressed gearbox fails completely and his engine stalls.

Dusty is airlifted back to base, where Maru tends to him for five days. When he wakes up, he learns that Maru had a better gearbox to allow full performance. Suddenly, he discovered that Jammer had replaced Cad as superintendent due to his misconduct during the crisis. Impressed at Dusty's skill and heroism, Blade certifies him as a firefighter.

Dusty then returned to Propwash Junction with his firefighting colleagues and becomes the airport's second firefighter, enabling Propwash's reopening, just in time for the Corn Festival. Chug then drives up, announcing that he was elected official Corn Colonel and asks if he could wear his hat to his race next Saturday. Dusty consents and asks Mayday if he could have time off. Dusty and his firefighting colleagues then perform an aerial show for all of Propwash.

Planes: The Video Game

Dusty appears as a playable character in both versions of Planes: The Video Game. His five chapters are Training Mode, Trouble in Propwash (cleaning up a damaged Propwash Junction), Himalayan Hero (helping out the local village), Ripslinger's Revenge (a race against Ripslinger wanting revenge while finding a sponsor in Dubai), and Blown out of Proportion (Dusty facing off against tornadoes).

Dusty has his Racing and Turbo skin exclusive to the console version, and his navy paint job and modifications, exclusive to the handheld versions.

Planes Fire And Rescue:The Video Game

Dusty(Red Colored) is Confirmed To Be Playable in The Planes: Fire & Rescue: The Video Game.But it is Still Unknown Weather his Orange Form Will Appear


Dusty is friendly, brave, curious, and courageous, although he was formerly afraid of heights.


  • Dusty's racing number is #7, which some say is a lucky number.
  • Jon Cryer was originally set to play Dusty, but he dropped out. Instead, he was voiced by Dane Cook.
  • Dusty's wingspan is 23 feet (7 meters).
  • Dusty is inspired by the Air Tractor AT-502, Cessna and the PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader.[2] He has a horsepower of 680 1/2. 
  • Dusty's crop sprayer is a M5000 model.
  • In his turbo design, Dusty is equipped with a four-bladed Sky Slycer Mark Five propeller and two T33 wings.
  • His flying style is keeping it nice and low, but keeping his speed up.


The Disney Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Dusty Crophopper.


  1. ‘Planes’ Official Character Descriptions, Casting and Character Poses (Hi-Res)
  2. Disney’s ‘Planes’ Hi-Res Stills, Fun Facts and Activity Sheets

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Media: Planes/Soundtrack/Video Game | Planes: Fire & Rescue/Soundtrack/Video Game | Planes: The Essential Guide | Big Golden Book | Little Golden Book

Characters: Dusty Crophopper | Skipper Riley | Sparky | Chug | Dottie | El Chupacabra | Ripslinger | Ishani | Bulldog | Rochelle | Ned and Zed | Bravo and Echo | Roper | Leadbottom | Fonzarelli | Franz | Colin Cowling | Little King | Arturo | Brent Mustangburger | Tsubasa | Harland | Tripp | Dwight D. Flysenhower | Tractors | Judge Davis | Jan Kowalski | Van Der Bird | Sun Wing | Antonio | Mayday | Joey Dundee | Miguel | Ryker | Yellow Bird | Gunnar Viking | Siddeley | Lil' Dipper | Blade Ranger | Windlifter | Cabbie | Dynamite | Pinecone | Avalanche | Blackout | Drip | Secretary of the Interior | Harvey and Winnie | Nick Loopin' Lopez | Cad Spinner | Maru | Ol' Jammer | Pulaski | Muir | Flap | Jigsaw Two | Jigsaw Three | Jigsaw Four | Lucas | Trev Diesel | André

Locations: Propwash Junction, Minnesota | New York | Germany | India | Himalayas | China | Mexico | Piston Peak National Park

Songs: Nothing Can Stop Me Now | You Don't Stop - NYC | Fly | Tere Bina | Love Machine | Ein Crop Duster Can Race | Still I Fly | Runway Romance | All In

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