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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, a mere 3.5 short and comfortable hour flight. The difference between our Mooney flight and a Ra... 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 pos... 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
The 2015 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in/Splash-in!!

The 2015 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in/Splash-in!!

WE’RE COMING TO TEXAS! The 2015 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in/Splash-in! KSLR, SULPHUR SPRINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, TX FRIDAY to SUNDAY, MAY 29 – 31, 2015 EARLY ARRIVALS THURS, MAY 28 • 5000′ Hard-surface runway. 2000′ Grass runway. Municipally owned lake. • Home of Legend Cub ... Read More »

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 »

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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 »

Linda Lovley     (Minnesota)

Linda Lovley (Minnesota)

Linda Lovley is based at MN67, Sky Park Airport, Lydia, Minnesota. My husband Forrest’s love for flying, his expertise, and his passion for old airplanes brought me into the taildragger world. I learned to fly in our Piper Cub PA-11. Forrest and I have two sons, Vaughn and Matt who also learne... Read More »

“NO, don’t bring your fly-in here”

“NO, don’t bring your fly-in here”

“No, don’t bring your fly-in here.” Unbelievably, that’s the message I heard today when I phoned Lake Murray State Park about the possibility of holding our 2015 LadiesLoveTaildraggers flyin at their state park resort and airport. Don’t get me wrong, their refusal to ev... Read More »

Lori MacNichol-Gregory     (Idaho)

Lori MacNichol-Gregory (Idaho)

Lori MacNichol-Gregory is based at KMYL, McCall Municipal Airport, McCall, Idaho. I soloed in a 1946 Champ in 1981 and obtained my private pilots license in 1982 in McCall, Idaho. I soon became a commercial pilot flying as an air taxi pilot in the Frank Church Wilderness in 1989. I now specialize in... Read More »

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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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Anne Scheer WrightLooks like you had a great time!6 days ago
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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.7 days ago   ·  1
Judy AirspeedGreat story, Gayle! Where on the west coast will you be? (I'm in Washington)7 days ago   ·  1
Gayle CrowderI'll be in St. Helens, OR, Judy Airspeed! Right by the Columbia River at the border between Washington and Oregon.6 days ago
Judy AirspeedExcellent, (not so far when you can travel by air) we'll have to meet up!6 days 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?6 days ago
Judy AirspeedI'm in the NW corner, but travel to the Seattle area for work.6 days ago   ·  1
Gayle CrowderCool! Not far by air at all :)6 days 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!6 days 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 :)6 days 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! :-)6 days 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 :)6 days ago   ·  1
Judy AirspeedGreat idea! 😃6 days 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.6 days 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.6 days 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.6 days 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?2 days ago

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Stearman out and about to catch the colors in Minnesota today. Fun afternoon. With a future pilot at KFBL. 😄 (9 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Judy BirchlerAwesome Peggy! Few people get to see the changing of the seasons like we do. Fewer yet from the cockpit of a Stearman.1 week ago   ·  1
Bill LefelhocKFBL is a very lucky person! Indeed1 week ago   ·  1
Marie Hardy SpearBest way to view the beauty of the season in my opinion.1 week ago   ·  1

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Piper Super Cruiser on floats one weekend...De Havilland Chipmunk the next... I'm in love with these planes... Goodness. (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Lindsay Petreisn't that what it's all about!2 weeks ago   ·  2
Lou DragmanRenzMy first ever flight experience was in a chipmunk. As soon as I had my license and enough money I bought a share in one. One of the best airplanes in the world!2 weeks ago   ·  2
Dennis ForsterLucky girl! Wish I'd have had the opportunity to fly a Chipmunk but it's too late now! Enjoy them while you are young Amber! :D2 weeks ago   ·  1

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Judy BirchlerPhoto by Charlotte Zeederberg who flew The Great Tiger Moth Air Race October 4, Australia, one of 38 Tiger Moths.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Lou DragmanRenz38 Tiger Moths would be my idea of heaven. Thanks for sharinng this picture.2 weeks ago   ·  1

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Judy BirchlerI give?!?!3 weeks ago   ·  1
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