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What’s there not to love at Sun ‘n Fun?!

What’s there not to love at Sun ‘n Fun?!

What’s there not to love at Sun ‘n Fun? Trust me, it’s all good! Doesn’t matter if you’re just mildly interested in airplanes or if you’re an absolute aviation maniac, everybody finds their niche at Sun ‘n Fun. Mine is the taildraggi... Read More »

24 Hours at Sun ‘n Fun

24 Hours at Sun ‘n Fun

I’m proving a lot can happen in 24 hours at Sun n Fun. 24 totally FUN hours meeting lady taildragger pilots and more! Here’s Sarah Wilson and her Jimmie Allen Stearman.   Met a few of the crew from the Friends of Jenny project. More later on their ... 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!

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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.  

2015 Texas Fly-in Details & Registration

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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
The LLT 2015 SUN ‘n FUN Ladies!

The LLT 2015 SUN ‘n FUN Ladies!

SUN ‘n FUN, the international fly-in and expo held annually in the Sunshine state will be exploding into action tomorrow – Tuesday 4/21/15. SUN ‘n FUN runs April 21 – 26 and is always held at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland, Florida. I’ve been looking forward... Read More »

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 2010. I own a C182 with my ... 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 certificate 21 years ago in ... Read More »

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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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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 »

2015 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Scholarship Winners

2015 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Scholarship Winners

It’s time to announce the recipients of this year’s LadiesLoveTaildraggers scholarships! We are awarding two: “Tailwheel Endorsement” Scholarship “Stick & Rudder Master Class” Scholarship . A total of 52 ladies applied. Our scholarship committee members have r... Read More »

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 »

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Great Halloween costume idea for any of you lady pilots with little ones! So Cute!
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Things are still going strong tonight at Sun n Fun but Boyd and I decided to spend our last evening at Tampa Bay. It was a very fun few days. Fly home safely everyone. ... See MoreSee Less

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Judy BirchlerI thought you left today? Is there an award in your future?1 day ago
Debbie BakerI fell and spent Friday am in ER. Two cuts stitched-glued. We went home. Hubby got Stinson 10-A on Saturday morning Saturday evening we went back and won Bronze Age Antique Champion1 day ago   ·  1
Anne Scheer WrightCongratulations on your award! Not so much on the ER visit.1 day ago
Judy BirchlerCongrats to you and your husband. I agree, she's a beauty alright. The award should make those stitches feel a little better. :)23 hours ago
Debbie BakerIt was a surprise for sure thank you19 hours ago

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Faith Zulu CharlieHey where are you ladies? I'm not in my taildragger but I'm here, too. GAC row 12.2 days ago   ·  1
Anne Scheer WrightHey, you two match!2 days ago   ·  2
Ruthie WellsYou guys look like you are having fun2 days ago   ·  1
Cissy Cole-RawlingsU go girls2 days ago   ·  1
Michelle AgeeFun!2 days ago
Susan StewartAwesome!!!2 days ago
Diana VotawI thought it was rain and fun this year :)2 days ago
Thomas Michael EdmondsonMakin' Memories. Would make a great membership poster. "Fun & Sun and Draggin' Tail"2 days ago

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Looking for a lucky lady that is at Sun n Fun and might want a FREE ride with Rob Holland?!! Respond if you are there and interested! ... See MoreSee Less

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Cindy Harrell SteeleMe, me, and me!2 days ago
Judy BirchlerOh no, I'm not there..!#@#. Amanda you are amazing. I hope Cindy gets to go. Awesome opportunity!! Thank you so much!2 days ago
Faith Zulu CharlieOMG yes please! I fly beginner aerobatics and he's one of my heroes!!! 850-583-0654.2 days ago
Emilie Ann PhillipsMe too if there is still a spot! 603-809-0556.2 days ago
Cindy Harrell SteeleDid someone already get picked?2 days ago
Amanda Allender-NollHi ladies!! Thanks for reaching out. The winner was selected and received their flight today. We hope to sponsor free flights with Rob throughout the year. Keep your eyes peeled for us! www.dreamschemedesigns.com1 day ago

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Scott SewellCulver V. You do not see many of them.3 days ago
Thomas Michael EdmondsonOMG! There is sooooo much SUN! Are ya havin' FUN?2 days ago
Judy BirchlerYes yes I am having fun. Don't want to go home!2 days ago
Thomas Michael EdmondsonJust bring alllll those women pilots to Texas kid.2 days ago   ·  1
Carri HoaglandFly it like you stole it.2 days ago
Dennis ForsterJudy... did you steal a Super Cub? www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruldKnHNKRM2 days ago   ·  1
Thomas Michael EdmondsonIf you brought your BIG purse, plop it in and walk away. 😏2 days ago

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This ones for you Carri Hoagland. Emeraulde at EAA museum. WIA lunch is next. Are you here? ... See MoreSee Less

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Carri HoaglandWish I was there. Nest year I will fly down. Darn that one looks so much nicer than "Elso".2 days ago   ·  1
Rich DuggerMy neighbor has one. Wonder if I could get him to fly it to Sulphur Springs?2 days ago   ·  1
Judy BirchlerRich Dugger, he's definitely gonna want to come because Carri is flying hers in. Image having two at our LLT Flyin. Please invite him Rich!2 days ago
Carri HoaglandRich I will be flying my Super 328 Emeraude to SLR.2 days ago   ·  1
Rich DuggerI'll do it.2 days ago   ·  1

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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 bzfd.it/1rvmnNP Jerrie Mock's book, Three-Eight Charlie, is now available for Kindle at amzn.to/10lJTBt or in a new 50th anniversary paperback version at bit.ly/1wrnScc 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 www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=6249 For books and other resources about Mock’s inspiration, visit our "Amelia Earhart Collection" at www.amightygirl.com/character-collection/historical-characters-1/amelia-earhart For more true stories of women adventurers for children and teens, visit our “Explorers & Adventurers” biography section at www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography?cat=347

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Deni WhitsittThis is great!1 week 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.1 week 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.1 week ago   ·  6
Larry RogersJerrie's plane in the Air and Space museum.1 week ago   ·  4
Laura NoelSo awesome!1 week ago
Kathleen Doran HegenbergerSo cool !1 week ago
Thomas Michael EdmondsonOnly thing missing in this photo is her holding a casserole dish! June Cleaver would be so proud!5 days ago
Gunnar Kaysmom learned to fly due to her and Cochran. Mom was 38 and a scty for Stanford.2 days ago
Kristee Quinnjust sorry that news sources call her a flying housewife rather than an aeronautical engineer and pioneering aviator who happened to be a married mother. Can't imagine a man being so disparagingly referred to. Vale, Jerrie, blue skies2 days ago   ·  1
Kristee QuinnThomas :(2 days ago

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