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Peggy Bates     (Minnesota)

Peggy Bates (Minnesota)

Peggy Bates is based at KFBL, Faribault Municipal Airport, Faribault, Minnesota. I learned in our 1940 Aeronca TC65. It started it’s life with a 55 hp engine. It now has a 90 hp engine. I have about 250 hrs in it. I flew it once to AAA fly-in in Blakesburg. We won seve... Read More »

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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
Kathy Harkness     (Maryland)

Kathy Harkness (Maryland)

Kathy Harkness is based at W29, Bay Bridge Airport, Stevensville, Maryland. I am a student sport pilot (stage two check next week, will probably be taking my check ride before the end of the month). I primarily fly a Tecnam Eaglet, which is a high-wing tricycle gear light sport aircraft, but I have ... Read More »

Ann Holtgren Pellegreno

Ann Holtgren Pellegreno

Raise your hand if you know a woman successfully retraced Amelia Earhart’s 1937 attempted flight-around-the-world a mere 30 years after Amelia’s fateful flight. Why did I not know this?!? The year was 1967. A competent, young woman pilot with commercial, instrument and multi-engine ratin... Read More »

Tanner Lenart     (Utah)

Tanner Lenart (Utah)

Tanner Lenart is based at KSLC, Salt Lake City International Airport, Salt Lake City, Utah. I have about 300 hours. I just received my taildragger endorsement in a lovely Husky. I fly a Mooney most often. Read More »


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Most Interesting Women, Blakesburg, Iowa

Most Interesting Women, Blakesburg, Iowa

When you go to a fly-in, I hope you take the time to get to know some of the people you are surrounded by. I admit I don’t always slow down enough at fly-ins to truly get to know most of the people I strike up conversations with. I walk fast, I’m on a mission, I’m admiring airplane... Read More »

It’s your turn to design a LadiesLoveTaildraggers tshirt!

It’s your turn to design a LadiesLoveTaildraggers tshirt!

Here’s your chance to design a brand new tshirt for LadiesLoveTaildraggers! If you have an idea or a graphic image you think would be perfect for our next LLT tshirt, let’s see it. If there’s a font you think would be ideal, send me a sample. If there’s a tshirt color we must... Read More »

Dan Wilkins’ Amazing Waco UPF-7

Dan Wilkins’ Amazing Waco UPF-7

What would YOU give to have this gorgeous 1941 Waco UPF-7 residing happily in your hangar? Me – I don’t have enough bucks to even dream of making it happen but I have been very happy to get periodic progress updates on the restoration of this wonderful aircraft. The owner of this beauty ... Read More »

Jennifer Givens     (Indiana)

Jennifer Givens (Indiana)

Jennifer Givens, KAID, Anderson, Indiana. I’ve been around aviation since I was born. My first airplane ride was in a Piper Cub when I was 3. My dad built a Hatz biplane (N24859), and I fly with him any chance I get. My father-in-law has a Cessna 170 and a WACO RNF. My husband is an IA so all ... Read More »

Shalyn (Shay) Applegate     (Missouri)

Shalyn (Shay) Applegate (Missouri)

Shalyn (Shay) Applegate is based at 15MO, Applegate Airport, Queen City, Missouri. Flying has always been in my blood. Both my grandfather and grandmother were pilots, as well as my father and my mother. I actually live on an airport. With flying always being such a part of my life, becoming a pilot... Read More »

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Greetings to my inspirational friends of LLT!
Today I had TWO lessons! I had a blast learning all sorts of new things. We started the day off with an introduction to wheel landings. I don’t even remember how many I have done. Most of the time was spent trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. *sigh* I believe Brian candidly said after one particularly awful landing, "Well, that sucked”. I can’t help but chuckle at that because he was right and we both knew it. This has been really tough for me to learn. In contrast, the three point landing doesn't seem to be as hard for me. Maybe it’s because I can’t see the runway in front of me so I don’t worry about the sink rate and making it stick. I guess I just figure the plane will stop flying once it’s good and ready. So in preparation for tomorrow’s lesson I will keep telling myself, over and over and over to SWOOP, SINK, PLANT. I will make this my mantra tonight and I will get this! After a break and a visit with Brian’s friend, we flew back to Sisters. On the way there he decided I had worked pretty hard and he would demonstrate something for me. Brian is such a courteous instructor and he informed me that if I felt uncomfortable at any time we could stop. I was curious and as he slowed the plane down he suddenly added a whole lot of rudder and put it into a skidding turn. Up went the outside wing and we rolled over as the nose pointed right toward the ground! As he recovered I was laughing and shouting with utter delight, “DO IT AGAIN” I exclaimed!!! Brian had a smile in his voice and accused me of being incorrigible as showed me the same maneuver from the opposite direction. I loved every second of it! Now here’s the best part, he gave me back control of the plane and said it was my turn! He walked me through the steps as I slowed the plane and brought the nose up and slammed the left rudder in. Up went the right wing and over and down we went with the ground sliding up over my head as the plane rolled. I botched the recovery a bit because I accidentally pushed the throttle IN instead of OUT. Oops. But I wasn't about to let a little detail like that bother me. So we did it a second time and as the earth rolled about over my head and the plane set into a spin I kicked in full opposite rudder, killed the power and righted the plane, laughing the whole time.
My friends, I LEARNED TO SPIN AND HOLY CRAP IT WAS AWESOME!!! Something I will not forget any time soon! SO FLIPPING COOL! As a side note, when I told my husband I learned to spin the plane he asked, "intentionally?" Haha!
After my lesson I met John who is another CFI out here. John took Brian and I out to lunch and we had a lively conversation trying to teach Brian how to use his cell phone more efficiently. John is funny and charismatic and has a shorter attention span than I do (which is impressive and makes for entertaining conversation).
After lunch I met one of John’s students. I forget her name now but she was a delight and so much fun to chat with! She is just as enthusiastic about flying as I am and we made a pact to do a midnight run before I left town. There are two particular road signs here that may suddenly be missing. Haha! The four of us hopped in our respective planes and did a little formation flying! I got some great pictures and even got to be lead while John’s student was off my left wing! How cool is that?
Then we each went our own way and I was off to practice dead stick landings. I learned that dead stick means engine off, not power to idle. Dead as in, we turned the key to the OFF position and stalled the plane so that the propeller quit spinning. So as Brian put it, we were a low performance glider at that point. I circled down over the runway and I DID IT! I landed without a single bit of life to the engine! The landing wasn’t pretty but I got the plane down and I know I would have survived an engine failure. GREAT experience!
Tomorrow, one of Brian’s other students, Julie, may be doing her first solo flight! I hope to be at the airport when she gets back so I can congratulate her! That first time you fly all by yourself is such a special experience! Everyone keep her in your thoughts!
I’ll conclude this evening’s post with something I would like to share with the ladies of LLT. Brian told me something I will never forget today. He said that many of his female students have one of two responses to situations which unnerve them. It’s either “EEEK!” or “GRRR!” He continued to explain that those who shy away from the challenge with an “EEEK!” aren’t going to be as successful as those who attack the situation with a ferocious “GRRR!” of determination. The thought of doing a dead stick 360° approach made me apprehensive at first but I put on my “GRRR” face and attacked the maneuver. Brian even has a picture of my best “GRRR!” face that I gave him right before I began. I probably look more like I have gastrointestinal issues, but it was all I could muster. You know what? It really helped. The whole thing wasn’t pretty (the maneuver OR my face) but I did it. And I’m proud that I did. Go figure, that crazy blind squirrel sitting next to me found a nut of wisdom that gave me a the bit of confidence I needed. So my fellow fly ladies lets all go to Brian’s Confidence Clinic, glare our challenges in the face and let out our best “GRRR!!!”
With that in mind, I’m adding a fourth step to the wheel landing. It’s now going to be: GRRR!!! SWOOP, SINK, PLANT! I got this. Cause tomorrow it’s on and I’ve got a whole lot of awesome and a fearsome GRRR!!! (9 photos)
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Quick break during my lesson today to visit Eric in his hangar. After about 10 or 15 landings here I think I'm finally getting this tailwheel thing down! More to come tonight! (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Today I learned how very little I know about flying a plane well. It was humbling.
The morning started out with ground instruction and some great stories from Brian! Then we did some ground work in the 140. I must hold the record for the world's slowest 100 foot taxi.
Then there was the takeoff which includes a quick turn at the end of the runway to avoid a big hill. In Minnesota we would have called this "hill" a mountain but here it's just a little hill. Again the view was breathtaking and often times my attention was more on the incredible landscape out here when it should have been elsewhere. Maybe it's better if my instruction took place somewhere less awe inspiring... like central Minnesota.
Once we got high enough we went through rudder control and did "quick turns" which are kind of like dutch rolls and a few other maneuvers that got me used to the increased rudder authority of a tailwheel. I'm so accustomed to the 152 where you can shove the left rudder pedal all the way down in a 45 degree bank without it doing a whole lot. Today I learned NOT to do that. Haha!
The big moment for me today was overcoming my fear of flying low. We did turns on a point ONLY TEN FEET OFF THE GROUND!!! Who does that?!?! I had to actually pull back in order to go up and over the irrigation equipment on the big field we were practicing on! I had never flown so low to the ground without intending to land on an asphalt runway. It was disconcerting at first but I got comfortable enough with it to start loving this "barnstormer flying" more than my usual "safe altitude plus 1000ft" stuff I've been doing. Brian promises I will get comfortable enough to brush tree tops by tomorrow. Not sure if I believe that but I'm hopeful!
After my lesson I was offered the hangar/apartment to stay in by one of Brian's neighbors. I truly can't speak well enough of the hospitality and kindness of the people out here. It's more than I could have ever imagined. The apartment is beautiful and it's in a hangar. Does living get any better? I think not.
Then Brian and I went to lunch with Julie (the airport owner). She is sweet and funny and tons of fun to be around! She's also Brian's student so we spent the afternoon commiserating about having to hear the phrase "where ya going?" over and over during a lesson. It's good to know I'm not the only one with a wandering plane. Haha!
The rest of the afternoon was spent shopping and walking around Sisters. At dinner I met Kevin and Debby who turned out to be the musicians playing this evening. They were so much fun! I've been told that when I bring my husband out here to get HIS tailwheel endorsement that we have to come spend a night with them. They are phenomenal folk singers and I enjoyed every moment of their performance! Namaste Debby, I hope you do take a discovery flight and are able to appreciate the beauty of this area from a new perspective. :)
I have fallen in love with every aspect of this town. The people, the sense of community and hospitality, the landscape, and the aviators and aviatrixes who have so warmly welcomed me here. I can't wait for tomorrow's lesson! I'm going to give Brian my camera so he can take pictures for me since I still have a death grip on the controls with that big huge rudder. Maybe tomorrow the 140 and I will be better acquainted and things will go smoother!
Here's to conquering new challenges, overcoming fears, and joining in the mirth of the sun-split clouds in that long delirious burning blue that John Magee writes about.
Good night my wonderful friends at LLT! (3 photos)
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Judy BirchlerWow Elizabeth, you make us feel like we're right there experiencing every moment with you - and wish we were! And I totally get the "hill" thing being from the flat lands too. Have a great day!!24 hours ago   ·  1
Debbie McFarlandGreat story!!!22 hours ago   ·  1
Robin HadfieldWonderful experience!21 hours ago   ·  1
Cynthia FlorsheimI love reading any posts about aviation. I just came back from Seattle...WOW..WHAT A SITE FROM THE AIR.20 hours ago   ·  1
Lindsay Petresounds wonderful, a great way to increase your proficiency! enjoy!19 hours ago   ·  1
Kelly Poetzman JeffriesYou are getting much more than a tailwheel endorsement; you are getting an experience! Thanks for sharing with the group.19 hours ago   ·  1
Judy AirspeedWonderful experience and well documented, Elizabeth! I learned in a cub before a tricycle and low flight was so fun! 😃18 hours ago   ·  1
Carri HoaglandNow you will learn what those pedals on the floor are for and you will become a much better pilot.16 hours ago   ·  1

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If any of you are in Homestead, Florida on October 11th, stop by the Book Fair downtown and purchase a copy of my book. It is about an early "Lady Taildragger." I will be signing books and giving a presentation about this amazing aviatrix.
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Greetings Ladies... I am heading to Canada (from New Zealand) at the end of October, and will be there for 7 months. Winter time of course, but I would love to know if there is anyone nearby Jasper? Would be great to see some friendly faces and maybe hitch a ride or two! :D ... See MoreSee Less

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Judy BirchlerDarn, I would love to meet you Liv Henwood but I think it may be too far for me. I found 2 Jaspers when I Googled it, one near Banff which is where I'm guessing you'll be? Let us know though, surely someone will be near you.2 days ago
Kathleen Doran HegenbergerMontana is not far ........Jeannie McPhearson is in Helena2 days ago

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Dear awesome members of LLT:
I've arrived here in Oregon for my tailwheel endorsement!!! I cannot get over the mountains and how beautiful it is here. When the plane descended through the clouds to land in Redmond my jaw dropped. It was like nothing I've ever seen. Getting here was a fiasco, I over-slept (cause I worked until 3 am last night) and almost missed my flight from Minneapolis. Pretty sure I sprinted at least 10 miles to get to the gate on time. In Seattle, I became an expert tram rider. I even managed to make myself look cool doing it by the second ride around. That second trip may or may not have been intentional...
Finally here in on Oregon I accidentally took someone else's luggage (thankfully he caught me before I left the airport). The man was so nice about it, and then he even walked me over to the area where I could find MY luggage. So far, "Minnesota nice" has been put to shame by the citizens of central OR. Then I wandered around the rental car parking lot pressing the panic button because I was just exhausted and didn't listen very closely when they told me where my car was located. I'm sure it would have been funny to watch! But I'm here and I can't wait to update everyone on how my training goes tomorrow morning!!! Hope no one minds all my posts that will be coming! Lots of pics tomorrow, but for now I need to sleep!
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Barbe S Parkhahhha, that is so funny & wonderful & yes, we love everyone and especially the weary & lost & wondering/wandering!!! welcome. relax. find your bliss here in Oregon!!2 days ago   ·  4
Judy BirchlerToo funny. Sounds like you are off on a true adventure for sure. I know you and Brian are going to hit it off royally. Hope you get a good night's sleep and have a great time flying that C140! Looking forward to your next post.2 days ago   ·  4
Gayle CrowderYou're really going to enjoy Brian. Have fun!2 days ago   ·  3
Dennis ForsterYou have activated a memory chip Elizabeth, your first glimpse of the West Coast was exactly as I felt when I desended through the clouds to a landing in Vancouver, Canada in the Winter of 1972. <32 days ago   ·  3
Gayle CrowderWe loved Oregon so much when we visited this month that we're moving there from NC in three weeks :)2 days ago   ·  3
CloudDancer SezTrainz, Planez an' Automobeelz comez tuh mind here....2 days ago   ·  1
Kathleen Doran HegenbergerSweet! Can't wait to see the pics. Too bad you don't have a go pro camera on your head so we can experience the joy you will have when you get your endorsement.2 days ago   ·  3
Elizabeth HeizlerToday has been an adventure for sure! I love Brian, he is the most incredible (and entertaining) instructor I have ever had. So that's only been 3 instructors. But he's still the best! I've already learned so much! Eating dinner with new friends and will post pics in a bit!1 day ago   ·  2
Gayle CrowderTold ya you'd enjoy the ol' Squirrel!1 day ago   ·  1
Judy AirspeedThat's awesome, Elizabeth, I am up in Washington and glad that you made it ok and are enjoying your training! Fly safe and keep us posted!1 day ago   ·  1
Kelly Poetzman JeffriesThe hard part (getting there) is over. Rest well, lady bird. Before you know it, you will be a taildragger pilot.1 day ago   ·  1
Elizabeth HeizlerI think my heart has found its home here in Oregon. 😌 Kelly, if I can manage to control that ginormous rudder and pass my tailwheel endorsement I'll be happy. I have no idea how Brian thinks hell get me to do the rest of the crazy stuff he showed me today.1 day ago   ·  2
Elizabeth HeizlerBarbe, if what you say is true than I must belong here! I am loving every second of my stay! Dennis, I still can't get over the mountains. They still have snow on them!!! REAL MOUNTAINS! I've shown a few people around here pics from flying in MN/WI and they're all shocked at how FLAT it is! Haha! I told one woman we have ski hills and she asked how you ski in an area like that. I paused and said "Slowly?" Ha! Kathleen I looked at GoPro cameras before I came out here but just couldn't justify buying one but you're right, it would be incredible! Gayle, I'm seriously considering moving out here too! Maybe we can team up and have LLT meetings here! LOL! BTW Kelly, I'm supposed to learn to land on just one wheel. ONE! If I can learn to do that I'll be amazed. Brian will win a teaching award of some sort. Even if I have to make the award up myself and mail it to him.1 day ago   ·  4
Gayle CrowderAn enthusiastic "like" for Elizabeth Heizler's comment! You'll be fine with that one-wheel landing. Let's have LLT meetings!!24 hours ago   ·  3
Judy AirspeedGreat idea!21 hours ago   ·  1
Barbe S ParkKeep your updates coming. I love them. Slolem landings will be easier than you think. And FUN!16 hours ago   ·  1
Kathleen Doran HegenbergerI love listening to the enthusiasm in your posts15 hours ago   ·  1

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Peggy BatesHe is a great friend and the man who had the vision to make our Stearman the award winner it is. Thanks Jim.3 days ago   ·  2
Judy BirchlerNice shot Peggy Bates. Thanks for posting!!3 days ago   ·  1
Peggy BatesFor those who don't know Jim Younkin's claim to fame - just think Mr. Mulligan, The Mystery Ship, etc etc3 days ago   ·  1

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Calling all Ladies and men.... NC26 flyin tomorrow 9-4 radio 122.9 runway 23/05 3000'X100' grass field...lunch starts at noon! Come wiggle your tails....or noise wheels! ... See MoreSee Less

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Lauren LeeI flew the BE-18 back in 1985-86 for a cargo outfit based in CLE. I still miss flying the old Twin Beech.7 days ago
Melissa CourtneyIt's a photograph.7 days ago
Valerie Thal-SlocumMy mistake, my friend and wonderful artist sent it to me. Check out the Troy White Aviation Fan Page7 days ago
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GR MonteleoneThanks! for the heads up, I always enjoy watching those.1 week ago
GR MonteleoneGordon did an awesome! job on webinar. I picked a few things up that will definitely help my quest to fly upside down.6 days ago   ·  1

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Judy BirchlerFuture Taildragger pilots! Wish I could have flown up. It was just too windy though. Very cute picture. :)1 week ago   ·  1

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