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Terry Fiala     (Colorado)

Terry Fiala (Colorado)

Terry Fiala is based at KAPA, Centennial Airport, Denver, Colorado. I love living in Colorado, hiking and playing agility with my dogs Rudder and Turbo, playing tennis, and of course flying. I’ve been fortunate to have many flying adventures since I earned my PPL in 20... Read More »

Christina Tindle     (Idaho)

Christina Tindle (Idaho)

Welcome back to LadiesLoveTaildraggers Christina! Christina Tindle took a time-out from flying while she was dealing with life but she’s back and rockin the world again. Christina is based at KSUN, Friedman Memorial Airport, Hailey, Idaho. I earned my pilot’s cer... Read More »

2015 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in!

The countdown’s begun for our next LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in. Follow the links to all the fly-in details!



Look out Texas, here we come! The 2015 LLT Fly-in runs Friday, May 29 till Sunday, May 31 at KSLR, Sulphur Springs, TX. Everyone welcome but pre-registration required.  

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To encourage women everywhere to have fun flying taildraggers!

This blog isn’t about ratings, hours in the logbook or owning an award winning airplane. It is about flying taildraggers just for the fun of it. We introduce ladies to aviation and encourage women (and men) to join the wonderful world of conventional aircraft!

Lady tailwheel pilots around the world
Itinerary LLT Sulphur Springs Fly-in/Splash-in

Itinerary LLT Sulphur Springs Fly-in/Splash-in

ITINERARY LadiesLoveTaildraggers Texas Fly-in/Splash-in 2015 May 28 – May 31, 2015 KSLR Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport Early Arrivals, Thursday, May 28 – Beat the crowd! Fly in and set up camp or check into your motel – Breakfast & Lunch available till 2 pm across the street... Read More »

Vicki Coles     (Washington)

Vicki Coles (Washington)

Vicki Coles is based at KVUO, Pearson Field Airport, Vancouver, Washington. My first flying lesson was in 1975 in a Taylorcraft at Evergreen Field, Vancouver, WA. I soloed in the Taylorcraft and then “moved on” to the Aeronca Champ. (One didn’t “move UP” to the C150 unt... Read More »

Lara Gaerte     (Indiana)

Lara Gaerte (Indiana)

Lara Gaerte is based at KGWB, De Kalb County Airport, Auburn, Indiana. I’ve been a taildragger pilot (and a CFI) for nearly 20 years. I kept current in rented/borrowed aircraft for much of that time, although the tailwheel rentals in our area are becoming more scarce. I gave my husband his tai... Read More »


If you’re a woman who would like to join you only need recorded flying time in a tailwheel aircraft. We love student pilots!

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Help Stamp Out Nosewheels!!

Help Stamp Out Nosewheels!!

How does a young woman who loves to fly, and REALLY wants to fly a taildragger, come up with the bucks to pay for it? It can be tough and extra money to spend on flying lessons can be hard to come by. In this case the answer lies with Jessica Voruda who is proving that thinking outside-the-box can p... Read More »

Vlad Karpayev: RV-9A builder and so much more

Vlad Karpayev: RV-9A builder and so much more

Pilots are the most resourceful and coolest people I know. Believe it or not, some of them are even men!   (5 minutes published and I’ve already heard I’m “male-bashing”. FYI men, 2 back-to-back posts about men on LadiesLoveTaildraggers.) “Resourceful?”  “Co... Read More »

“This is why you should get your pilot’s license”, Swayne Martin

“This is why you should get your pilot’s license”, Swayne Martin

Here’s a video by Swayne Martin that totally rocks! This high school senior shows us all “This is why you should get your pilot’s license! A year in the life of a private pilot.” Great music and awesome to the max! Live it! Do it! Fly it! Get out there people, none of us are ... Read More »

Rhonda Ellisor     (Texas)

Rhonda Ellisor (Texas)

Rhonda Ellisor is based at Sandy Creek, an uncharted grass strip between Huntsville and Conroe, Texas, I am a student pilot that is learning in my very own 1954 Cessna 170. I also have quite a few hours in my instructor/boyfriend’s Cessna 185, L-19 Bird Dog and his beautiful 1960 Beech G18. He... Read More »

Dawn Wavle Rogers     (Kansas)

Dawn Wavle Rogers (Kansas)

Dawn Rogers and her husband are based at their uncharted grass strip south of Wichita, Kansas. I have been flying since 2007. My husband Ross Rogers and I live on our own grass strip south of Wichita (uncharted). We have a Cessna 140 and a 172. Last fall we bought a Stearman. I’m looking forwa... Read More »

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Today in Mighty Girl history, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock became the first woman to fly solo around the world. Nicknamed "the flying housewife" by the press, Mock circumnavigated the Earth in 1964 flying a Cessna 180 single-engine monoplane; 27 years after Amelia Earhart's famous and ill-fated attempt. Despite her incredible record-making feat, Mock's name is largely unknown today. In an interview earlier last year with Buzzfeed, the Newark, Ohio native said, “I did not conform to what girls did. What the girls did was boring.” At age 7, after taking a short airplane ride at a nearby airport, Mock declared she wanted to be a pilot. Several years later, following Amelia Earhart’s adventures on the radio, she dreamed of making similar flights. “I wanted to see the world,” she remembered. “I wanted to see the oceans and the jungles and the deserts and the people.” She was the only woman in the aeronautical engineering class at Ohio State University, where the male students left her alone after she got the only perfect score on a difficult chemistry exam. But in 1945, women rarely pursued aeronautics careers, and at the age of 20, she dropped out of college to marry Russell Mock. Soon, Mock was busy with her role as wife and mother of three, but she still dreamed of flying. Once her oldest children were in school, she started taking flying lessons and earned her pilot's license. When Mock tired of her ordinary life at home, she complained to her husband about being bored. “Maybe you should get in your plane and just fly around the world,” he joked, but Mock decided he was right. She spent a year preparing for a round-the-world flight, helped by fellow pilots and navigators who thought she was crazy to want to undertake such a dangerous endeavor. At the age of 38, she began her flight on March 19, 1964 -- two days after another woman, Joan Merriam Smith, also departed on a solo round-the-world attempt. The pressure to set the record took some of the joy out of her flight; what she had planned as a leisurely sightseeing trip ended up a grueling marathon made up of 12 or more hours of flying on five hours of sleep. Even given these challenges, when she landed back home on April 17, she announced: “I don’t know what to say. This is just wonderful." Mock never wanted to capitalize on her fame, preferring solitude and quiet: “The kind of person who can sit in an airplane alone is not the type of person who likes to be continually with other people,” she explained. After 1969, finances prevented her from ever flying an airplane again. And while she recognized the significance of her flight, achieving the record was not as important as the joy she took in flying. In interviews on her various stops during the flight, she demurely said, “I just wanted to have a little fun in my airplane.” Jerrie Mock passed away in September at the age of 88. To read an in-depth article about Mock's life and historic flight on Buzzfeed, visit Jerrie Mock's book, Three-Eight Charlie, is now available for Kindle at or in a new 50th anniversary paperback version at If your Mighty Girl dreams of flying one day or you're looking for more stories about women pilots, check out our post, "Mighty Careers: I Want To Be A Pilot!" for girl-empowering books, toys, and clothing at For books and other resources about Mock’s inspiration, visit our "Amelia Earhart Collection" at For more true stories of women adventurers for children and teens, visit our “Explorers & Adventurers” biography section at

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Deni WhitsittThis is great!16 hours ago
Kristee Quinnmy daughter and her dad drove up to visit her in Quincy a few years ago. My husband used to fly a plane sent by her and her church to New Guinea and they had long corresponded. My daughter is a pilot as well. Gerri was awesome and full of wonderful anecdotes about being a woman pilot. But she didn't want her pic taken as she didn't like the way she had aged :) Amazing woman.16 hours ago   ·  1
Lindsay KitsonI hear when she got to saudi arabia, they spent quite a bit of time searching her plane for the male pilot, because they didn't believe she could have flown the plane herself and thus were convinced she had a man with her.14 hours ago   ·  6
Larry RogersJerrie's plane in the Air and Space museum.2 hours ago
Laura NoelSo awesome!1 hour ago

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Judy BirchlerNow that's something. 5.9 night flying in a C120. I came really close to flying to that Flyin breakfast. Wish I was there!1 day ago   ·  1
Kaitlin MrozMe too! Beautiful day1 day ago
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Sun 'n Fun people, I'm still hoping to meet as many taildraggin' people as I can next week. My ride's gonna be a yellow and blue RV7 instead of my Rans S7. It will be parked in "Homebuilts" with a LadiesLoveTaildraggers banner on it so stop by. A friend just called and offered to haul some LLT tshirts down so I'm taking him up on it. Look me up if you'd like one. Hope to see you at the Friday WIA lunch! ... See MoreSee Less

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Brian LansburghWish I could be there. The kids and I have a lot of history at Sun n' Fun. Have a great time!2 days ago   ·  1
Judy BirchlerThanks Brian. I WILL meet you live and in person one day. I promise to have enough fun at Sun n Fun for the both of us!2 days ago
Brian LansburghThanks, Judy! I'm looking forward to that!2 days ago   ·  1
Debbie BakerI will be there Wed am airplane will be there on Monday in Vintage Can't wait to meet you all!2 days ago   ·  1
Judy BirchlerDebbie, I'll be looking for NC34697!1 day ago
Sharon TinklerAnd you all have an LLT resource in Tullahoma, TN, if you need one. Fuel, food, overnight - you're all invited.1 day ago   ·  1
Kimberly GillI'll be there in my Champ early in the week camping in Vintage!1 day ago   ·  1
Daryl BortelNot sure if I'll be flying in or driving in...I'll look you all up.1 day ago   ·  1

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Lisa KienholzCongratulations Terry Fiala3 days ago   ·  1
Jennifer L SchindeldeckerYahoo!!!3 days ago   ·  1
CloudDancer SezDoan THAT feel GRATE!!3 days ago   ·  1
Terry FialaED Roo, it was finding the combination of "fly across the runway", getting used to the sight picture, patience, and tiny adjustments. You know, getting the "feel" of it! Very different from landing my big heavy C182.3 days ago   ·  1
Debbie BakerCongrats2 days ago

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Ginny StrombergIf it was a one time thing okay let it slide but I see she has made at least two posts... So no. It's soliciting...6 days ago   ·  1
Anne Scheer WrightI'd prefer not selling items.6 days ago   ·  2
Hedy Schaeffer KunstmannOh, sorry, Judy. I didn't recall that you didn't respond; if I'd remembered I'd have waited before posting anything. Actually I only have these two albums. Of course, I'll happily abide by your decision. Again, my apologies.6 days ago   ·  2
Wendy LessigYes. Why not? It's relevant to the event6 days ago   ·  2
Robin HadfieldNo. I belong to several other groups with a strict no selling policy - if someone wants to start their own selling group for aviation themed items, fine, that is where it should be posted, but not on this group. It would open the floodgates - if she does it, then I can too.6 days ago   ·  2
Wendy LessigSeriously??! How much more relevant can it get? Women + taildraggers + aviation jewelry. You're not obligated to buy any jewelry. Next thing you know, selling Avgas at a LLT fly-in will be outlawed.6 days ago   ·  6
Susan JohnsonIt doesn't bother me. But than again where do you draw the line.6 days ago   ·  1
Barbe S ParkI'd rather not see it. Thank you for asking.6 days ago   ·  1
Judy McCarthyMaybe a link to her website would be better, those who are interested could just click the link. Those who are not interested would not be bothered. Thank you for asking.5 days ago   ·  4
Judy BirchlerHedy Schaeffer Kunstmann, it sounds like most of the ladies prefer not to see advertising on our group wall. Thank you for understanding.5 days ago   ·  1
Hedy Schaeffer KunstmannOf course; but I'll still be glad to see your group info that appears on my page; really fun stuff! Happy flying.5 days ago   ·  2
Sharon TinklerI agree with Wendy Lessig. It's aviation jewelry. But a compromise would be to have a link to her website so that we can choose to go there.5 days ago
Chris MarshallOther groups I belong to have a dedicated community Buy-Sell-Trade forum for this purpose.5 days ago   ·  1
Anne Scheer WrightI like the link idea.5 days ago   ·  1
Kelly Poetzman JeffriesI like a link to the page.5 days ago   ·  1
Thomas Michael EdmondsonOur groups allow them to be vendor at events with percentage of sales to org. Win win that way.5 days ago   ·  2
Katie ToffoloIn all of my Jeep groups we experience people soliciting and it kinda gets in the way and makes for a bad environment eventually. I personally don't care on this topic, but from my experience this what happened. The way the admins solved this issue was by making a parts page. Where someone either posed their services, or products for sale. It ended up being a great way for it to differentiated, in addition to allowing people to selling their goods. They created a 'pinned' post on the main page at first linking to the other page for the parts and services. Just an idea!5 days ago   ·  2
Jb TerralThank you Thomas that was also going to be my suggestion - with the link idea possibly doing the sane for our scholarship5 days ago   ·  1
Katie Braunprefer not to see advertising on our group wall5 days ago   ·  1
Vicki ColesThere are other avenues for marketing.2 days ago   ·  1
Debbie BakerI rather not see advertising. But as said before a link would be ok2 days ago

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Gunnar Kaysshe is. Is she in flight training to set up to be a pilot in Air Force?4 days ago
Diana Bosley LeSueurShe is a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol. She's in high school.4 days ago
Gunnar KaysI got our girls up in planes as I did at age 9. Fine world aloft. I wanted them to be nervy and smart.4 days ago   ·  1

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Captain Katie Higgins is flying into history this weekend as she takes to the skies as the first female pilot in the 69 year history of the Blue Angels! At the Beaufort Air Show in South Carolina, she will fly publicly for the first time as an official member of the US Navy's elite flight squadron which performs spectacular air demonstrations for 11 million spectators each year. For the Maryland native, being an aviation trailblazer and role model is an honor: "if that is inspiring to people, if that's inspiring to little girls around the country, then I'm doing my job." A Marine Corps Captain and Naval Academy graduate, Higgins is a third-generation military aviator whose inspiration to fly first came from her father who was an F-18 Hornet pilot. She's excited about the prospect of inspiring the next generation: "I think by including a lady on the team, that just shows little girls and guys that women can do whatever they put their mind to. Little girls have told me that they didn't even know that ladies could fly aircraft, that women could be in the cockpit." Now with Captain Higgins in the pilot seat and performing the famous Blue Angels flying maneuvers, Mighty Girls everywhere will see that there are no limits to their dreams of flying high! To read more about Captain Higgins' story on CBS, visit For a fantastic picture book about a young girl who wants to build a flying machine, we highly recommend "Rosie Revere, Engineer" for ages 4 to 9 at If your Mighty Girl wants to become a pilot or you'd like to encourage her interest in flight, check out our blog post, "Mighty Careers: I Want To Be A Pilot!" for girl-empowering books, toys, and clothing at For many books about fellow aviation trailblazer Amelia Earhart, visit our "Amelia Earhart Collection" at And, for a variety of fictional and biographical books about girls and women who love to fly, visit our "Planes" section at

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Ginny Strombergabout time!!1 week ago   ·  1
Judy BirchlerAwesome Capt Higgins. Congratulations. Hard work and determination do pay off!1 week ago
Anne Scheer WrightCongratulations, Capt. Higgins! I love Fat Albert!1 week ago   ·  1
Kathy Johnson DavisYou're an inspiration for all. Congratulations! Blue Skies!4 days ago

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