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Applications now being accepted for the 2015 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Scholarships

Applications now being accepted for the 2015 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd Annual LadiesLoveTaildraggers “Tailwheel Endorsement Scholarship” and for the first time a “Stick & Rudder Master Class Scholarship“. Thanks to generous donations by our members, supporters and CFI B... Read More »

The ultimate accolade for Champ G-TECC

The ultimate accolade for Champ G-TECC

Many thanks to our own UK Aeronca Champ pilot, Nic Orchard, for sending this wonderful account of the 2014 Goodwood Spirit of Aviation Revival event. Nic is based at Maypole (EGHB), United Kingdom, and with a tailwind, a 70 minute Champ flight to Goodwood Aerodrome. Having r... Read More »

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Our Mission

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
Patricia (Pat) Burke Johnson      (Montana)

Patricia (Pat) Burke Johnson (Montana)

Pat Johnson is based at the Helena Regional Airport (KHLN), Helena, Montana. I am so thrilled to see all you accomplished young women! I seldom encountered another woman flyer when I was most active in aviation and I am inspired by your achievements. Way to go, Ladies! I first rode in an airplane in... Read More »

We did it!!

We did it!!

We did it!! We did it!! No, let me start again. YOU did it!! Your generous donations to the LadiesLoveTaildraggers Scholarship Fund amazingly got us to our goal of $3000 in just 10 days. I am blown away by the kindness and generosity of our members and supporters. When I posted the request for donat... Read More »

Where oh where are the airplanes?

Where oh where are the airplanes?

I’m happy. I’m WAY south of my home in Indiana, delivered to the warm and very sunny state of Florida by the Boydster. We came in the Mooney 231 for the Mooney Summit, climbing out 3.5 short and comfortable hours after departure. The difference between our Mooney flight and a Rans S7 or ... Read More »

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Socks.

Socks.

Prepare to be inspired. Our own lady taildragger pilot, Gayle Crowder, LOVER of all things TW, writes from the heart. Gayle recently accepted a position with Oregon Aero, a major life change, and tells us just how she did it.   Socks. These things you put on your feet every day. Plain old socks... Read More »

Beech’s everywhere!

Beech’s everywhere!

You bet Beech’s are everywhere, we’re at Beech Party 2014. Staggerwings, Beech 18s, Travel Airs, and more V-tails, Dukes and Debonairs than you’ve ever seen in one spot. It’s not all about the planes though, it’s about meeting new people – new pilots. Thank you to... Read More »

What a blast, bumps and all!

What a blast, bumps and all!

Anne and I had a blast flying down to Tullahoma today. Silky smooth early in the morning then we bumped our way into 3M7 for super cheap fuel. $4.89 a gallon! The guy on Unicom announced we looked like “a homesick angel flying up to heaven”. I admit it, I was showing off! Yes there are l... Read More »

Beech Party, here we come!

Beech Party, here we come!

Beech Party, Tullahoma, Tennessee – we’re on our way! If you’re looking for some fun this weekend, come to KTHA. We’ll be hanging out with the Beech boys …. and girls and checking out some pretty spectacular taildraggers while we’re at it.   Anne Wright decid... Read More »

Carol Walker     (Texas)

Carol Walker (Texas)

Carol Walker is based at KJWY, Mid-Way Regional Airport, Midlothian/Waxahachie, Texas. Twenty six years ago I learned how to fly in tailwheel aircraft (Citabria and Champ) in Kutztown, PA. Ever since then I have made my living as a flight instructor and I presently own a school south of Dallas, TX w... Read More »

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CloudDancer SezAh doan know why. But this pitcher made me wunner. Who wuz the FURS' flyin' Gramma tuh take her gran'daughter fer HER furs' airsheen ride. What year did it happen? Wha' kind'a flyin' machine? How ol' were they? Did the gran'daughter grow up tuh be an aviatrix? Guess tha's one we'll never know.4 hours ago

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Hi All! I'm new to the group, but not to taildraggers (think T-craft from early 60's- dating myself ;-)) I'm looking forward to being part of your group, and would like also to invite you to my Citabria-Decathlon-Scout page..... whatever it is that you fly! Thanks, Tammy

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It looks like I may be able to take some PTO next week. Anyone up for a flying adventure?!! I'm debating where Rans should take me? I've never been to the Beaumont Hotel in KS where you land on a road. Or to Amelia Earhart Airport in KS, birthplace of Amelia. ... See MoreSee Less

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Scott SewellSounds like fun, never been to either, but heard about both. Fairview Ok does breakfast on nov11???3 days ago   ·  1
Judy BirchlerIt's not coming up in Airnav. I'd probably be heading back about then though.3 days ago
Bill TracyBeaumont is a fun place. Everyone should do it once. They are only open part of the week do call ahead. They have a nice runway you just have to taxi down the street to get to the hotel/restaurant3 days ago   ·  3
Scott SewellWell Ponca City has a flyin breakfast the first Sat of each month. Great breakfast, all you can eat for about $7. All for a good cause.3 days ago   ·  1
Kaitlin MrozI'm free the 7th to 9th!3 days ago
Anne Scheer WrightSounds exciting!3 days ago
Judy BirchlerKaitlin Mroz, I'll be off starting this Friday, Oct 31. Where are you based and what are you flying? I'd love to meet up but not sure about our timing...... Anne, I'm guessing you're right. Ever want to go to Beaumont and get a picture of your Supercub under the water tower? Thanks Scott, I'll check it out.2 days ago
Kelly Poetzman JeffriesCome up to C77 for our Halloween Party and spend the night.2 days ago   ·  1
Anne Scheer WrightThinking about it.....2 days ago   ·  1
Kelly Poetzman JeffriesCome fly in ladies. But you gotta have a costume.2 days ago   ·  1

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Judy BirchlerPhoto Heather Pinsky & "Sparky". Heather flies AC-130W’s, her day job for the AF and owns Sparky, a 7AC Champ.3 days ago   ·  9
Scott SewellNice Champ , Heather looks very nice also.3 days ago   ·  1
Gerhard RiegerNice photo, real girls fly tail draggers3 days ago   ·  1
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Thought you all might like to see this article about my husband's grandfather Albert Hegenberger. He and Maitland were the first to fly from the US (Oakland) to Hawaii in 1927. What they don't tell you is they left their sandwiches in Oakland.

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Last weekend Mum, Dad, myself and fellow avaitors (and aviatrixes) attended the annual Tiger Club Rally at Taumaranui, in the Central North Island of New Zealand. The NZ Cub & Auster Club is affiliated with the Tiger Club and so there is always a range of taildragger aircraft that attends the event. This year brought low cloud and rain, so only those who made it in on Friday were able to participate in the weekends activities. It was well after lunch on Saturday when the first aircraft took to the skies and so the Bombing and Spot Landing competitions began. The cloud base was low but we stuck to low level circuits and we were all good!

There were 3 Super Cubs with a number of pilots sharing them for the competitions. Our own ZK-BQV had six pilots flying her (increasing the chances of getting her name on the trophy!) I personally have no skill for Bombing - it was a pure guess as to when to let the bomb go and I don't think it was anywhere near the mark! I did however have more luck in the Cub Spot Landing, coming first equal with a pilot of another aircraft. This was my first time competition flying, and I loved it!

On Sunday six Tiger Moths, a Gypsy Moth, two Super Cubs and a Cessna 185 flew over the hill to a gorgeous farm airstrip. The Tigers and Gypsy Moth flew in a three and four formation over the town, thrilling spectators and locals.

As always, whilst not flying there was plenty of plane talk and catch ups with old and new friends! We enjoyed a fantastic weekend and admired the beautiful vintage aircraft! (5 photos)
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Socks. These things you put on your feet every day. Plain old socks. the things that keep your feet from smelling up your shoes. Socks are a thing most people don't think about. We get up in the morning, take our showers, get dressed, and socks are the last thing we put on before we slide our feet into our shoes and leave for the day.

You'd never guess it, but socks can change your life. Had someone told me this four months ago, I'd have laughed and dismissed the theory. Now I have proof.

Socks. For my entire life, I have worn them. I'm a tennis-shoe, athletic-shoe, or whatever you want to call them sort of person. I've spent most of my life at my job on my feet, walking, walking. One desires comfort when walking...athletic shoes are comfortable. Only problem is, you need socks. They keep blisters from forming. They control foot odor. They're very boring.

Here's what I learned early on: In the summer, you wear white shoes and white socks with shorts. In winter, you wear black shoes and black socks with dark pants. No other pairing is fashionably acceptable. What do I know about fashion? Absolutely nothing. These "rules" were made up somewhere along the way. They're what I've adhered to for the most part of thirty years, from the time I was old enough to decide what I wanted to wear without input from my mom.

I've always had a fear of fashion. I have zero fashion sense. When my friend Lori told me that a red shirt and pink shorts "clashed" in the fifth grade, I was forever terrified of "clashing." Whatever that was. That's when I decided you can't possibly go wrong with black and white. They "go" with everything. I chose that mantra and stuck with it, throughout my teenage years and well into adulthood.

If you wear all black. there's nothing to think about. It all matches. It relieves the worry about "fashion sense." Once upon a time I read women's magazines which touted black and white as the answers to every fashion faux pas. I read this, committed it to memory, and never thought about it again. White, black. No problem.

Then 2014 came along. Exciting things began to happen. I met a dynamic individual who agreed to let me edit his autobiography. Somewhere in the editing process, we came to know each other pretty well and we began to talk about things which had nothing to do with the book. We got to know each other. Two strangers, getting to know each other through email, tend to share a lot more than people who meet in person. I'm better at writing things than I am at talking things out. I began to share the circumstances under which I've always lived.

There was no mention of socks. Who'd think to speak to anyone about such things?

This man of wisdom and great insight offered a suggestion. If you want to change your life, start with something small. Make one change every day to get you to where you want to be.

I couldn't imagine changing anything. I had to go to work every day. Every month, I had to pay the same bills. Nothing ever changed. No way out, swimming upriver for the past twenty years. Yes, change would be nice. But there was nothing I could do to get out. No remedy. What a nice thought, make one change. What could I do?

I finally found the answer. An insignificant change, one that would matter to no one; least of all, me. Who would even notice? Costs less than six bucks, even I can afford that. I went shopping. For socks!

The world has changed. There are still black socks and white socks for sale. I skipped over those. They are what I've always worn. I was looking for change. My new friend's story about his friend Eric wearing neon socks in the 1960's inspired me. Look for neon colors! Something I'd never be caught dead in. I hate pink. I hate to stand out. I don't want any attention paid to me; I'm a wallflower.

I found a single pair of pink socks. Hate pink! I knew I'd never wear them, but I put them into my shopping cart. Just in case I changed my mind. I went to the shoe department next. If I am going to wear pink socks, I need some sort of black shoes to go with them. I found a pair of black shoes with pink stripes. Pink! Sheesh. I hate pink. I put them in the cart and paid for both items. This was on a Friday. Monday morning, when I got ready for work, I stuck the black and pink shoes, and pink socks, on my feet. Off I went.

I felt conspicuous all day. Boy, did I stand out! I'd like to say someone noticed. Maybe someone did, but they never mentioned it. By the end of the day, I was able to look at my feet and think about why I'd bought such brightly colored things and worn them to work. Of all places! No one mentioned they ever noticed, but it sure did make a difference to me.

I noticed so much, those bright colors, every time I looked down, such an indication of my willingness to change, despite the thirty years of sameness. It was a turning point for me. Those pink socks provided the realization that I really CAN change. Oh, my. Who would have ever thought it possible? Pink socks!

I went a little crazy. Monday I had pink socks. I had only the one pair. I wanted to try other colors. Would they work, too? I visited the store again and bought a package with seven pairs, all colors. All neon. Yikes. Me? Neon socks?

Yep.

One small change. That's all it took. Those pink socks made me believe I could make other, bigger changes.

I had no idea the adventure awaiting me.

One pair of pink socks.

Now I'm moving from the East side of the country, to about as far West as you can go without dumping yourself into the Pacific Ocean.

All it takes is a little change.

Those pink socks have faded. I've worn them all summer as a reminder of the things to come. I bought a new pair of pink socks to replace them.

That first pair is going into my scrapbook. They'll always be there to remind me....one little change, no matter how small it may be, is all it takes.

Pink socks. I'd never have imagined such possibilites existed.

Never take your socks for granted...sometimes, your socks are the best thing that ever happened to you. New beginnings start with the smallest seeds, and never before has a pair of socks gotten full credit.

I love my pink socks.
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Judy BirchlerGayle, this is a wonderful story, a testament to all the possibilities awaiting you. You inspire me! Thank you so much for sharing your deepest thoughts with us.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Judy AirspeedGreat story, Gayle! Where on the west coast will you be? (I'm in Washington)2 weeks ago   ·  1
Gayle CrowderI'll be in St. Helens, OR, Judy Airspeed! Right by the Columbia River at the border between Washington and Oregon.2 weeks ago
Judy AirspeedExcellent, (not so far when you can travel by air) we'll have to meet up!2 weeks ago   ·  1
Gayle CrowderLet's do it! Although my air travel will be limited for a while until I get settled in! What part of Washington are you in?2 weeks ago
Judy AirspeedI'm in the NW corner, but travel to the Seattle area for work.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Gayle CrowderCool! Not far by air at all :)2 weeks ago
Judy AirspeedWe'll get you hooked in with the NW flying groups when you get settled in, lots of awesome folks flying around out here!2 weeks ago   ·  1
Gayle CrowderI noticed that when I was there a few weeks ago. I'll be based at Scappoose Airport. All I saw when I was there was traffic, traffic, all in the pattern, waiting to land or just taking off. That made me very happy! Not much traffic most of the time here at my home airport. It's exciting to go to a place where people fly despite the wind and weather, and boy do I have a lot to learn! I can't wait to get started again :)2 weeks ago   ·  1
Judy AirspeedI'm sure there will be some adjustments... I moved out here from Wisconsin a LONG time ago. And... Scappoose is one of my favorite airports! :-)2 weeks ago
Gayle CrowderYep, big move from NC to OR. What brought you to the Pacific Northwest? I need to send you a friend request so we can talk :)2 weeks ago   ·  1
Judy AirspeedGreat idea! 😃2 weeks ago   ·  1

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Marie Hardy SpearWe were flying in North GA on Saturday and Sunday as well. For flat-landers from Wisconsin, it was such a beautiful trip. Looking forward to making the flight again sometime.1 week ago
Kathy Johnson DavisYou should've dropped in to High Vally (GA87). We we're having a fly-in. About 15 airplanes & 40 ppl, just enjoying the beauty of the fall in the mountains.1 week ago
Marie Hardy SpearWe were on our way to KDNN, had never been there before but I am sure we will return again to the friends we have there. Will look you up next time we are down that way and you can fill us in on what's going on locally.1 week ago
Kathleen Doran HegenbergerRick and I flew into High Valley with both birddogs about 10 years ago before we flew to Alaska. It was a dry run. Do they still have that old Lincoln Continental as a crew car?7 days ago

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