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Background information
Feature films Planes
Planes: Fire & Rescue
Short films
Television programs
Video games Planes: The Video Game (mentioned only)
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Cedric the Entertainer
Performance model PT-17 Stearman Biplane
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Appearance Rusty gray biplane, with giant yellow wings, a black propeller, green eyes and a brown helmet with goggles
Occupation Crop duster
Alignment Good
Home Propwash Junction
Allies Dusty Crophopper, Skipper Riley, Chug, Roper, Dottie, Mayday, Ryker, Sparky, crop dusters,
Enemies Skipper Riley, Chug, Sparky, The Marketing Manager and Ryker (all formerly)
Likes Crop-dusting
Dislikes Dusty doing racing schemes
Powers and abilities Flight
Quote "Pay attention. You're daydreaming again."
"Dusty is the best duster I've ever seen."

Leadbottom is a character in Planes and the secondary antagonist in Planes: Fire & Rescue. He used to be Dusty's mentor in cropdusting and forces him to keep his old career .

Official Bio

Leadbottom is a puttering old biplane and a grumbling taskmaster, a real “tank-half-empty” kind of guy. As the proprietor of Vitaminamulch, a special—albeit putrid—blend of vitamins, minerals, and mulch that works miracles when sprayed on crops, Leadbottom has no time for Dusty’s far-fetched flights of fancy. There are too many crops to spray and not enough hours in the day to spray them. For Leadbottom, it’s work first, then … well, more work.

Planes: The Video Game

Although he does not appear in Planes: The Video Game, he is mentioned by Dusty Crophopper when he has to spray Vitaminamulch onto the crops, as he says to get low to the ground, fly directly over the field, and release the Vitaminamulch.

Planes: Fire & Rescue

Leadbottom returns in Planes: Fire & Rescue, offering Dusty to come back to his job when he hears that Dusty's racing career may be over due to his damaged gearbox. Skipper tries to politely turn down Leadbottom's offer, insisting that it was too early to pitch it but Leadbottom ignored him, even when Skipper offered to buy him a can of oil. Chug and Sparky stand up to Leadbottom, insisting that Dusty would not return to cropdusting, but everyone notices that he's gone.

The next day, after putting out a fire Dusty accidentally caused, Ryker shuts down Propwash Junction for inadequate firefighting personnel, threatening to ruin the airport's annual Corn Festival if no plane can land. Dottie and Sparky propose refurbishing Mayday to meet Ryker's standards, but they would need to hire a second firefighter. Leadbottom states that the timing couldn't be worse, as it's fire season. Thankfully, Dusty decides to get certified as a firefighter, allowing Propwash to be reopened.

Vitaminamulch Air Spectacular

In the short film, Leadbottom advertises Vitaminamulch to spectators watching Dusty in action. However, the two stuntsvehicles, Air Devil Jones and Vandemonium, were not coming to the event and Leadbottom feared that their lack of presence would turn away the fertilizer distributor VIPs in attendance. Therefore, he tried to pass off Dusty and Chug as Air Devil Jones and Vandemonium respectively, albeit unconvincingly. As the crowd starts to disperse, in desperation, Leadbottom urged the duo to perform their running landing stunt. Unfortunately, Dusty panics when Chug mentions that he's filled with 700 gallons of highly flammable avgas. Chug then backs into Sparky, who accidentally punches a hole in Chug's tank and a spark ignites the gasoline, starting a flame that chases the fuel trail left by Chug, igniting fireworks along its path prompting the audience to stay out of interest. Eventually, one chaotic event after another, the trio crash into VitaminaMe, the airplane sculpture composed of Vitaminamulch, launching the sculpture into the sky, raining fertilizer on the entire audience, prompting them to cheer. Pleased, Leadbottom thanks the trio and says they have a 3 o'clock show to do, to their dismay.


Leadbottom is a grumpy old biplane who spends his life working rather than racing. Leadbottom is the founder of Vitaminamulch, a special blend of vitamins, minerals, and mulch that works wonders when sprayed on crops.

He holds the unshakeable belief that crop spraying is the best job in the world, considering all other professions to be inferior.


  • Leadbottom's design is based on a PT-17 Sterman Biplane.
  • Unlike Dusty, Leadbottom's sprayer is built into his lower wings.


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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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